I did not intend of taking such a long break from posting about The Good Health Project, but sometimes Life Happens and my determination to Focus on Focus meant that my posting has been sporadic at best these past couple of weeks.
When last I left you, I had made a commitment to meditate for at least five minutes each day. The thought was that five minutes is short enough to be able to fit into anyone’s crazy schedule, but long enough to find my zen and center my mind in preparation for the day.
Five minutes seemed like a short period of time, however when I sat down to actually meditate, I learned that five minutes just hanging out in my own mind is kind of a long time. In my first session, I set my alarm to ensure that I woke up a few minutes earlier than normal. I moved from my bed (to prevent me from falling back to sleep) and sat on the couch in my darkened bedroom. The kids weren’t awake yet so the house was quiet. I closed my eyes and sat there peacefully for what seemed like quite a long time. I opened my eyes to learn that 1 minute and 10 seconds had passed. Yikes.
When I tried to return to my meditation to complete my allotted five minutes, I found it impossible to quiet my mind at all. It was dancing here and there, thinking this and that, then one side of my brain started to tell the other side that it needed to SHUT-UP BECAUSE WE’RE BUSY MEDITATING HERE, which made the other side start chanting BUT HOW MUCH LONGER, HOW MUCH LONGER, HOW MUCH LONGER, WE HAVE THINGS TO DO!. And on it went.
Subsequent days of meditation didn’t work out much better. I was very much the Julia Roberts character in Eat Pray Love. I can’t “just let it be.” I still haven’t managed to achieve the point where I can calmly sit for five minutes in quiet meditation. I guess I’m trying too hard.
In the midst of all of my meditation angst, I took a trip to the health food store and returned with a vast selection of supplements. I know that Nicole has been suggesting I take supplements every time I get sick (which has been a lot lately), so I did a little research, took Dr. Oz’s advice on critical vitamins for women and started a vitamin and natural supplement daily regime.
Each day I take one multivitamin, 1000 mg of fish oil, 1000 mg of Vitamin D, as well as the recommended dosage of Glucosamine Chondroitin which I’m hoping will help reduce the constant joint pain that I’ve had since having my kids (those kids don’t know how lucky they are)….however the jury is still out on that last one.
So until next time, I’ll continue trying to calm my mind while popping my pills.
Do you have a health tip for me? I’m looking for any kind of health tips – exercise, food, supplement, or mind-body-energy related.
Am I a doctor? No I’m not. Nothing here is intended as medical advice. If you need medical advice, consult your doctor.