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The Secrets of Silence

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meditation

So I have now been meditating for 166 straight days.  It is no longer a struggle to find the time, in fact now that I am meditating regularly I actually have more time, ironically.  I really could not figure that out.  As I was sitting down reading yesterday after coaching run club and before preparing dinner I was struck by how on Earth I had time to do that.  I never had time to do that before.  So instead of reading I found myself sitting silently in the present moment contemplating that question.

Surprisingly, the silence helped me to figure some things out.  Here is what I have learned about meditation’s effect on me.  Not anyone else, just little old type A me.  This is no guarantee that you will find the same things.  Make no mistake some days meditation is harder than training for a half marathon.  Of course to be fair my body is easier to train than my monkey mind.

  1. I get up earlier when I meditate at night because I sleep more soundly and fall asleep faster without rehashing the day or planning for tomorrow.
  2. When I get up earlier I have time to start my day with some yoga to get in my body and then meditate.
  3. My best morning runs are now done while listening to ocean waves on my Insight Timer and a mantra “run light, run happy”
  4. I don’t react as often and harshly as I used to.  When I do, I sometimes can see myself like a movie and reset my actions.  This has caused less conflict and has freed up more time.
  5. I am more conscious of my decisions and their impact, so I focus on things that matter and choose ways to zone out less. This has freed up time for what matters.
  6. I spend less time worrying about how bad something could be or rehashing something that happened.  It is much easier to just experience it in the present and let it go.
  7. Meditation led me to a realization that I did not need as much so I simplified and that has led to less time looking for things, moving things, cleaning things, etc.
  8. I find that when I stopped participating in the drama of some of my relationships they seemed to have less drama.  Particularly evident with a challenging co-worker and my mom.  The dynamic changed just by me deciding not to take things so personally.  This freed up both physical and mental time.
  9. In general I am quieter.  I try and take time to listen and find myself speaking less.  This would be extraordinary if you knew me.

I no longer wonder if I will continue to meditate.  It is now a part of who I am.  I expect this is just the beginning of the journey but I am enjoying it so far.

Author: fromtypeatotypeahh

I am a water resource manager in Atlanta Georgia. I am married with no two legged children but we have have 5 cats. I love reading, writing, running, meditation, travel and staying at home spending quiet time with my husband and cats. I am passionate about cooking and health. I love learning new things and growing. I am very interested in and beginning to explore minimalism to find real value in what matters.

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