I Meditated for 500 Days Straight: Here’s How I Built the Habit

It wasn’t easy to form the habit, but it was totally worth it

Viktor Marchev
ILLUMINATION

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A man sitting in a lotus pose meditating. Behind him there’s a light-blue lotus. The background is bright yellow.
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I first heard about mindfulness and meditation during the summer break after my third year of university. I started meditating for 3 minutes a day, guided by the Headspace app. However, I couldn’t really keep a long streak — five days was the longest I could manage.

I kept on for the next two months, though. Unfortunately, the I couldn’t really build the habit of meditation I wanted to. I’d usually sit and breathe right before going to bed, however, I had two other roommates, which made the task nearly impossible. I then tried in the mornings, but I was too sleepy to do anything and couldn’t much concentrate.

When I went back to university in September, I ceased to try. It was not until the following summer, when I graduated, that I started taking it seriously and managed to build the habit — one that I’m still nurturing.

As of this month, I have meditated for approximately 500 days straight (I have missed a day or two, of course). Now, I try to meditate for 15–20 minutes a day on one sitting — sometimes I’d do two sessions of up to 10 minutes, depending on my schedule. However, I believe that the latter strategy may be of more benefit, as I just somehow feel…

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Viktor Marchev
ILLUMINATION

I read my own stories out loud. Interested in everything related to psychedelics, mental health, and spirituality. Writer for ILLUMINATION.