But I am thinking about it a little differently. My mother has been trying to be more mindful and has struggled with it, mostly because she's trying to do it all day long rather than building up to it gradually. (There are other reasons which I could explain but I'm supposed to be sitting with my leg elevated so I'm trying to be succinct.)
How would you personalize the Commit to Sit Challenge?
- Would you repeat the Jesus prayer or memorize a psalm? Or repeat a rosary?
- Would you read aloud from the Qur'an, which is how it was first shared?
- Would you spend time in silent yoga practice or pranayama practice (not necessarily silent)?
- Would you do what the article prescribes and sit in silent meditation?
- Would you do what my mother will be doing and do a mindfulness practice?
- What about writing in a journal or giving yourself Reiki (or some other self-healing)?
I've suggested this to my mother, that we read again this wonderful article and put it into practice in the way it most meets our unique needs at this time in our lives.
I am inviting you to join us. Beginning July 1st I will be embracing this challenge in a way that best fits my needs. I won't reveal in what form this will take. I want to meditate on it some more. Yes, there is some irony in this but I am not being intentionally ironic.
If you will be joining me, I'd love the accountability, someone (or even a few someones) with whom to share the experience, including the frustrations and surprises. Yes, I realize my mother is already going to do this with me as she did the first time but, just between the two of us, she apparently only read part of the article and only did some of what it suggested. This amused me at the time and it amuses me now. (I have a smile on my face at the moment even thinking of it.) This time, however, I thought it might be fun to have a group of like-minded people who are open to doing this in a way that suits them. I think it would be lovely to have several people doing it in different ways but with similar intentions.
Apparently there is now a book available as well. I haven't read it but I'm sure it expands beautifully on the original premise. And you can, of course, purchase a back issue of the magazine in which the challenge originally appeared. Or just follow the link to read the article online. Whatever works best for you.
Leave a comment if you plan to join me. Or email me.