20 Things I Learned from 200 Days of Meditation

  1. Some days I’m more focused than others.
  2. Meditating at the same time every day is ideal.
  3. Self-judgment only makes things worse.
  4. How many times I come back to the breath is more important than how many times I linger away.
  5. I can go for more than ten minutes without needing to look at my phone.
  6. Thoughts and urges are temporary.
  7. It’s possible to have a quiet mind.
  8. It’s good to feel feelings.
  9. Meditation makes life feel less scary.
  10. Deep breathing is calming.
  11. Belly breathing as often as possible is relaxing my back and neck muscles.
  12. I can form new habits over time.
  13. Change is only what I want it to be. It can be overwhelming but it can also be productive and exciting.
  14. I may not be able to control a situation but I can control how I respond.
  15. Being present is a beautiful thing.
  16. Awareness of how situations impact me emotionally.
  17. There’s more time in the day than I think.
  18. I don’t have to run away from my feelings.
  19. There are healthier ways to cope with overwhelming feelings.
  20. I’m happier when I take care of my mental health.

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