I meditated for 10 minutes every morning for a month — this is how it changed my life

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In the hustle and bustle of my everyday life, I kept hearing people rave about meditation. People said it was like a magic potion for your brain, something that could chill you out, make you more focused, and even spark your creativity. It sounded too good to be real.

I grew up in a place where working hard and staying busy is a big deal, more than sitting quietly and chilling out. The thought of just sitting there and doing nothing for ten minutes every morning? That felt weird and like a waste of time. But, with so many great reviews and even science backing it up, I thought I’d try it out.

For a month, I got up super early, found a quiet spot in my place, and just sat there with my thoughts. At first, it was odd, like I was waiting for something to happen. But over time, I started to feel different in a good way — small changes that really made an impact on my everyday life.

As a journalist who’s covered all sorts of stuff, from politics to pop culture, diving into meditation was something totally new for me. It was a personal challenge that took me out of my usual space and made me look inward.

What did I get out of it? This whole thing changed me in ways I didn’t expect. It affected everything — from how I handle stress at work to how I get along with people. Here’s the story of how this simple morning routine changed my view on being productive and mindful in some pretty surprising ways.

Entering the world of meditation

At the start, my meditation trial was pretty weird. I’d get up, brush my teeth, and then sit in a quiet spot at home. For ten minutes, I tried to clear my head and just focus on breathing. But man, my mind kept running off — thinking about work, what to buy at the store, and even random dreams from the night before.

I was annoyed at first but then realized that forcing my mind to be quiet was just not working. So, I started to be okay with my thoughts drifting and would gently get back to focusing on my breathing. This chill attitude turned out to be really important.

By week two, I started to see little changes. I didn’t need my morning coffee as much. Figuring out stuff at work got easier. And the biggest surprise? I actually began to enjoy these moments of quiet thinking.

Meditation wasn’t the miracle fix some people made it out to be. But it did give me something unexpected and awesome: a calm and clear head that started to make a difference in my daily life.

Busting the misconceptions about meditation

I used to think meditation was like a quick fix for stress and worry. Like, just take a few deep breaths, sit quietly, and bam, you’re totally zen and cool with whatever life throws at you.

But after trying it out for a month, I saw things in a new light. Meditation isn’t about getting rid of stress or bad thoughts. It’s more about noticing them, not judging them, and learning how to deal with them calmly.

I also figured out that meditation isn’t the same for everyone. Some people might like guided sessions or meditating in a group, but for me, just sitting alone and focusing on my breathing worked best.

And the biggest myth I busted? That meditation is a waste of time. Sure, it meant taking out a few minutes each day, but the clear head and peace it gave me were totally worth it.

Making meditation a daily habit

Making meditation a regular thing instead of just a test was a bit of a challenge. Here’s some stuff I did that might help if you’re thinking about trying it out.

First up, I picked a time that suited me best. Mornings worked great for me, ’cause it was calm before the day got busy.

Then, I used a soft alarm for ten minutes so I wouldn’t keep looking at the clock. This helped me really get into meditating without stressing over time.

And, I had to remind myself every day that meditating isn’t about being the best or doing it perfectly. Some days it was easy, other days not so much. The important part was just doing it every day, no matter if my mind was all over the place.

If you’re thinking about giving meditation a go, remember it’s not about clearing your mind completely or reaching some super enlightened state. It’s all about grabbing a few peaceful minutes in your day and learning how to handle life’s good and bad bits a bit more smoothly.

Going beyond the surface

Adding meditation to my daily life has really changed things for me, but it’s also been a first step to a bigger thing I’ve realized. It’s not just about staying calm in all the craziness, but also about understanding that we can actually change how we see things.

  • Realizing that owning up to our situations – even if it’s not our fault – can make us feel more in control and help us deal with life better.
  • Figuring out that what society thinks and how we’re raised can really shape what we believe and do. When we start questioning this stuff, we learn more about ourselves and get more freedom to be who we are.
  • Seeing that it’s not always about chasing happy thoughts. It’s totally fine to accept when we’re not happy, face our problems, and work through them.
    Learning to follow what we really want, not what others think we should want.
  • This whole thing has shown me that getting better at life isn’t about quick solutions or just trying to feel good. It’s about taking time for things that really match who we are and help us get past beliefs that hold us back.

Meditation turns out to be more than just something that chills you out. It’s a way to explore who you are, get stronger, and change how you see the world.

As I keep going on this path of finding out more about myself and growing, I’ve found Mindful.org super useful. It’s got great tips on how to make mindfulness a part of everyday life, and that’s been really helpful to me.

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Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the founder, and editor of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 15 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. Check out my latest book on the Hidden Secrets of Buddhism and How it Saved My Life. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Facebook or Twitter.

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