I had a day yesterday that made me so glad I’ve been on this Meditation challenge. As I prepare to upgrade my website I had booked myself in for a photo shoot yesterday, along with a hair and make-up appointment before to make it worthwhile. Well, my appointment started 20 minutes late, the girl messed up my hair, after which my car wouldn’t start and I had to make arrangements for another car to get to my photo shoot.
My makeup started running down my face, I almost hit a couple about to cross the street in front of me, and it was at this point near fatal point I found out the horn didn’t work on the borrowed car. And through all this I kept saying to myself, “wow, you would have been so stressed about all this.” But here’s the thing…I felt so calm, with minor moments of anxiety. Wow.
I was reflecting about all this today as I wanted to share how calm I feel lately. I’m not saying I don’t have my PMS moments, but I definitely notice a big difference in how I feel day to day in the face of inconveniences. For example, the other day when I went shopping for a fabulous outfit to wear on photo day, the girl forgot to pack my jewelry along with the clothing I bought, forcing me to return to the mall to get it. When the girl said, “thank you so much for not being upset”, I realized that it never even OCCURRED to me to be upset! Not even a “higher ground” choice of a moment…I just felt, okay. Okay, no big deal. I’ll stop at Staples on the way and pick up name tag cards, take that off my To Do list. I even smile more lately…
All this isn’t my first experience with meditation; I have my mother to thank for one of the most enriching experiences of my life. When I was 24 I delved in a book I took from her bedside table, Out On a Limb by Shirley MacLean. It was the first answer to the question “what is this existence about” that made sense to me, and I devoured it. Once my mom found out I had a passionate fire lit inside me about spirituality she sent me to a weekend long intensive meditation retreat. I’ve also found myself in possession of another book of hers I found lying around, Yoga Made Easy, and her booklet on Chakras. I’m proud to be carrying on what she started…
I have been meditating since then, but not daily like I am now. I love that I’m being more methodic about it now, and I see myself putting up another 8 Week Challenge when I’m done this one!
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Chantal Heide is an Author and Motivational Speaker, focusing on dating and relationship building. Her books Dating 101, Comeback Queen, Fake Love Need Not Apply, No More Assholes, After The First Kiss, Fix That Shit, Say Yes To Goodness, and Custom Made (available on this website, Amazon, and your favorite online book retailer) help her readers attract the love they’re looking for, regardless of their starting point . View her BOOKS page for more information. Be sure to check out more free advice on Facebook, YouTube, and Itunes, as well as fun tidbits about her life on Instagram and Twitter.