May Resolution {Learn To Meditate}…

Today is the second day of May!  Oh I am all off my rocker.

Raymond made me invited me to the Wells Fargo Championship Tuesday and Wednesday.  I love hanging out with him and I love golf courses.  Two days of it and I am officially done.  I’m exhausted.  My legs hurt.  I have zero energy to tackle anything.

Not good when you are a business owner.  Not good.  I have stuff to do and no energy to do it with. 🙂

May (almost summer) is the month I vow to learn to meditate.  It is the second day of the month and I have yet to tackle any goals.  I even had a milkshake today.  Not exactly in line with January’s continuing goals. 😉

May Resolutions

  • Take better care of my body
    • It is time to wear sleeveless tops and bathing suits.  Working out and eating clean are important always, but even more so in the warmer months.
  • Get up earlier
    • Moving the wake up time back to 6:45am.
    • I struggled with the consistency of waking up at 7am for the month of April.
    • I think getting in the bed at or before 10:30pm will be vital!
  • Read one new book a month
    • Start new book after I finish my 3 typed and printed book reviews.
    • Made To Stick
    • May book to read: Made To Stick
    • Finish book review for Getting Things Done
    • Type book review for The Circle Maker
  • Make time a priority

A quick Google search led me to this amazing article about why and how to meditate.

How To Meditate Daily

Game plan

  • Start with 2 minutes
  • Meditate in the mornings
    • After reading, devotions, and coffee
    • Before typing my book review chapter and emailing
    • If mornings don’t work (Raymond sometimes gets up earlier than I am expecting), then after dinner and before bed.
  • Sit on a floor pillow.
  • Where to meditate
    • Patio seems like an interesting spot
    • Maybe the dining room/lounge if the patio doesn’t work.
  • Eyes closed or open?
    • I’m going to start with open and looking at the ground with a soft focus.
    • If that seems tough, then I’ll try closed.

Do you meditate?  Any words of advice/wisdom?

Until next time…


How Do You Relax?…

I ask, “How do you relax?”

Or should I ask, “Do you relax?”

When I relax, I feel guilty.  Take Saturday for example.  I spent the day in my pajamas watching tv and hanging with Cody and Raymond.  I had fun but felt bad about it on Sunday.  Therefore, Sunday had to be uber productive.  Probably not what I should be feeling.

One way I relax is with yoga.  I don’t go enough and have a hard time keeping a consistent schedule.  I can throw out 100 excuses but the truth is I just haven’t made time for it.  And I should.

BTW– if you are looking for a great yoga studio, then check out Gotta Yoga! 🙂

Another way I would like to relax is with mediation.  Have you ever tried it?  It’s SO hard!  Think Julia Roberts in Eat.Pray.Love.

I ran across an article a few months ago about the benefits of meditation.  Quick rundown:

Meditation, in any form, creates a heightened sense of awareness.  I’m guessing this will help with my “live in the moment” goals and ambitions!

Practicing meditation every day for 2 months can physically beef up some parts of your gray matter.  Not sure what gray matter is, but sounds like I need to do something about it!

Meditiation can help you master your emotions and help you feel closer to others.

Meditation taps into your rest-and-digest function which is opposite your fight-or-flight.  And can drop your blood pressure by up to 4 points.

Relaxing means less cortisol running through your veins.  Meditation helps you relax which means less cortisol.  And we all know how bad cortisol is for us!  I even had a friend change careers because her job was so stressful!

There were some other facts — er thoughts — about how mediation helps you fight off diseases and say no to cookies.  I could use the “no to cookies” part.

I’m thinking of starting a Meditation Challenge!  Who’s in?  Who’s with me? 🙂

12 minutes a day might be pushing it, but I could start with 5!  What about you?

Until next time…