30 days. 18 classes. 9 hours & 15 minutes of meditation. Lots of silence. Lots of stillness. Occasional chanting. Good stuff.
So, what did I get out of it?
Meditation is a lengthy journey. Every now & then (not even every class), you have an “aha” moment. But enlightenment is a long way away.
Thoughts are normal. Let them pass.
Share with your teachers. They’ll often (if they’re good) ask questions at the start of class, in order to better guide the practice, or at the end. It feels good to share how you feel.
Breathing is half the battle. Breathe in. Breathe out. Repeat. Great! You’re halfway there.
The other half is your pose. Your feet will likely fall asleep the first few times (or even more than that). It means you’re sitting wrong. Figure out what’s comfortable. Or lay down. The perfect pose is whatever works for you.
It’s definitely not for everybody. I can see how you could sit through a bunch of sessions & be like, nah. But don’t give up too early.
It’s hard to keep still / keep your back straight for 30 min. But it’s OK to adjust. & to fidget. Just go back to the breath when you’re done.
Ultimately, what’s really great about meditation is that you’re giving yourself time for yourself. & I think too often we can forget to do that.
* Just getting started.