A 30-Day (Personal Development) Challenge, Day 8: ‘Meditation’ for Health Benefits

Hey there everyone, how are you? I’m Clark, welcome BACK to my 30-day personal development challenge/case study. Before starting Day 8, you may have a look at my Day 7 activities and findings (if any). My overarching goal in these 30 days is to raise my vibration (good feelings) to a much higher level than I’ve managed before. However you readers would also remember that I have set some ‘smaller’ goals back on Day 0: Setting Goals, for instance to dissolve the stiff muscles on my back, hence I shall do a ‘meditation’ for health benefits today.

How Does One Visualize Health?

Once again, I used the word ‘meditation’ for something that I think is more to visualization. Real meditation to me is an activity where we stop thought instead of focusing on something like health or money. But I’ve used the term anyway because everyone else online seems to be using it, so there…

To be honest, since I’ve started doing real meditation I have felt a loosening in those stiff muscles. I noticed the stiffness more acutely at first, but in recent days it seemed to have gotten better. Might have been my imagination though, therefore I have decided to visualize good health today, with focus on dissolving those stiff muscles.

I like to lie down on my bed to meditate or visualize. My first task, I’ve learned, is to relax myself. Let go of the mindset of “Let’s do it properly this time”. There is no right or wrong way to do this. Feel the enjoyment of just lying there. Move if the urge arises.

Once I’m enjoying myself, I place my attention on the stiffness on my back and mentally feel it begin to soften. A delicious feeling coursed through my body after I did that a few times. So I kept doing it.

Apart from that, I gently imagined myself as an athlete competing in a sporting event and in my mind I feel alive and energetic whilst doing it. It was like I could do it all day. And then once it was over, I got the urge to have a massage at home, in my mind of course. I imagined the massage strokes and my body seemed to respond positively, like I was actually getting a massage. Try it yourself!

A Word about Real Meditation

I just wanted to put down some of my thoughts on real meditation here in this section, since I’ve been meditating daily and not every time it has been a success. I have been falling into the huge trap of wanting to do it ‘properly’, and being impatient to reach that sweet, delicious meditative state. The first thing to do is to let myself relax and enjoy just lying down on my bed. I realized that it’s OK to move my hands or other parts of my body if I’m uncomfortable or the urge arises. Even when one has gotten into meditative state it is OK to move, so there is no point in trying not to move because it just makes my body tense.

Of course there is also the trap of wanting to achieve something from meditation. The only intention one should have when going to meditate is to feel better. Take the pressure off. Don’t think about how life is going to improve after meditation, whether you’re doing it right, whether you’re meditating enough, etc.

Stay Tuned, My Loyal Readers!

That’s it for today. Thank you for staying with me, and watch out for the next part which will be dropping soon! You may follow suit and have your own personal development challenge, you know. And if you have any questions or comments for me, just leave them below and I shall get back to you as soon as I can. Till the next time, thanks a lot!

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