I am 10 days into 100 days of 15 minutes mindfulness meditation practice. I thought you might like to hear a little more about my project…

Why am I doing this? I was seeking the feeling I get when I am in the process of attaining a goal, like my marathon days. Being 24 weeks pregnant…the only marathon I have in sight is giving birth. Having a medium term goal gives me focus and I enjoy the discipline and structure it brings. I love that feeling of progress on the way to attaining a goal. Recently I have been trying lots of different types of guided meditations and practices, I’m enjoying the learning, but it wasn’t really allowing me to measure the benefits I was getting. I wanted a meditation goal with an already scientifically proven outcome.

Looking at past research most studies in the area of mindfulness are based on 8 weeks of daily meditation. That’s 56 days. I like to modify practices to suit me and 100 days felt like a sexier challenge. It’s not exactly as big a goal as climbing Mt Everest but it’s big enough for me to take it seriously.

With my self-study of one, I have come up with my own evaluation form which I will fill in every week. I’ve made a list of all proven benefits I wish to attain and will give myself a score. I will also answer some other generic questions. For example; Have I noticed anything different in the past week? Evaluating my outcomes will allow me to replicate and tweak my ideal practice.

How will I stay focused on my goal? I am cultivating a positive attitude towards my practice. Instead of feeling like my meditation practice is a chore or something I need to do, I am approaching it with curiosity and the luxury it is to have 15 minutes to myself. I remind myself that I can have all these incredible benefits (below) just by chilling out for 15 minutes a day. I don’t get ahead of myself and think of it as 100 days, that could lead to overwhelm.  I focus on one day at a time, ”just 15 minutes today” I tell myself.

Benefits I wish to attain
Good energy levels
Strengthened immune system
Increased mental clarity and concentration
Emotional resilience, responding to people and life events with more ease
Feeling more present
Experience joy
Self compassion

Will I reward myself? The funny thing about this whole reward theory is that having a goal for my wellness allows me to be rewarded in so many ways I don’t really feel i need to gift myself anything additional. I’m gain the gift of good health and wellbeing and you can’t beat that. Ok…maybe a massage.

I look forward to sharing more of my 100 days with you.


About author: Deanne Brennan is a Life and Wellness Coach, Massage Therapist and Mindfulness Meditation Teacher. She is a big advocate for d.i.y health and happiness and loves sharing with others what works for her. http://www.thinkoutloud.com.au