Summer! Or should I say summer?! It’s such a mixed bag. I look forward to it with anticipation and anxiety. I’m excited to see more of my kids … and scared to see more of my kids. Around 2:30 every afternoon, when I’m on the brink of lashing out irrationally, I wonder what I need to do differently to make summer more positive for our family.
Well, this year I’m trying something proactive, and I’d love you to play along.
I’ve known for several months that I need to try meditation. I made a New Year’s resolution to make meditation part of my lifestyle, and I tried it—once. I’m serious—just once. It just seemed like such a waste of time.
But I’m a scatterbrain and so short tempered in the summer that I have to do something to center myself. So I’m committing to try meditation for real. I’m committing to meditate at least four times a week and see how it goes.
Want to play along? There are lots of ways to meditate, but I’m striving for three minutes in the morning to start, and all I’m going to do is try to think of nothing and focus on breathing deeply. If I can succeed at thinking of nothing for three minutes straight, it will be a miracle, but that’s the goal.
When my mom gets uptight, she uses an app that helps regulate her breathing by showing when to inhale, how long to hold it, and when to exhale. So there’s that if you’re interested. I’m going tech free because I’m getting increasingly annoyed with the chokehold technology has on life nowadays.
I would love to hear from you if you’re willing to give meditation a go this summer. That way we can cheer each other on while we develop new habits. Here’s to our most patient and sublime summer yet! •