I just finished the 21 Day Meditation Challenge with the Chopra Center yesterday. It takes 3 weeks of “consistent behavior to change a habit or create a new one, such as establishing a regular exercise routine, eating a healthier diet, or taking time each day for self-care”. This is so true. It has been easier for me to adjust to a healthier lifestyle by making this commitment. It isn’t easy and I am far from perfect. However, I committed and I did the challenge to the best of my abilities. Meditation is something I really wanted to embrace but was a bit scared to start. Focusing can be a problem. I would begin and then without fail, my mind would wander and I would have to bring it back. It did get better as I did every day. I even want to go hide in my office and meditate. I enjoy the silence. I find that I don’t fly off the handle as much anymore. I just try to find stillness.
The other committment I made is being a part of The Daily Challenge. It “promotes everyday well-being by encouraging the small actions and fostering the social ties that drive meaningful change.” There are different tracks like Conquering Clutter, Money Matters and Agile Back. Every day you are given a challenge that helps with your well-being. I have been doing this for about 5 months. So far, I have been able to de-clutter my home and get rid of junk (I also watch Hoarders which completely freaks me out); get on a budget; and not have as much back pain through doing yoga.
I also try to do something theater related every day. That can be blogging, seeing a show, advising others on their show, thinking about new projects. When I do that, I don’t find myself pulling away from what I love. It is always fresh in my head.
So find something you want to do and commit yourself to doing it for 21 days. It could be anything. You will see and feel the difference.