[Official] Site-Wide February Meditation Challenge!

 Jordan Lejuwaan (@jordan)5 years, 2 months ago

Welcome to the first of many monthly HE 30 day challenges!

We ran a poll to choose the challenge, and the winner was meditation, with dream journaling as a close second.

The rules are simple:


1) Meditate at least once daily (even if for 2 minutes)

2) Come back to this thread and post a something about your experience

3) Gradually lengthen your meditation period


It’s okay if you forget to post somedays. Just make sure to at least get your 5 minutes in!

P.S. This will be one of the first ‘badges’ we hand out with our new HE achievement/points/fun system in mid-February :)

Here are some resources if you…

Are completely new to meditation

Think meditation is difficult, or have failed doing it in the past

Are not sure meditation is worth your time

Want some different meditation techniques to choose from

January 31, 2015 at 1:13 pm
Jordan Lejuwaan (23,433)A (@jordan) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

Example post from my morning:

Today I went with my usual walking meditation. I live in downtown Portland, but there’s one street on me with barely any people on it in the morning that’s perfect for a peaceful walk. Sometimes my mind wanders and comes up with ideas. I quickly note them on my phone, and then drift back into meditation. I try to simply observe what’s happening around me without thought or judgement. You certainly notice things that you wouldn’t normally see :)

<3 Jordan

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Lowry (114) (@lowryderkid) 5 years, 1 month ago ago

Hi Jordan! Do you still use the type of meditation you learned from Wim Hoff, or it is something completely different than “enlightement” meditation (and thus can’t be used for the same purpose)?

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j1z0 (7) (@j1z0) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

Cool I’m in. I already have a regular meditation practice so I hope that doesn’t disqualify me….

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Martijn Schirp (112,773)A (@martijn) 5 years, 1 month ago ago

Not at all, the same goes for me :)

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Ellie (1,363)M (@tangledupinplaid21) 5 years, 2 months ago ago

I’m in, and excited about this!!!

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Hans (304)M (@M4G1C-LOG1C14N) 5 years, 1 month ago ago

In aswell :) Already meditated this morning for about 10 minutes. It’s a beginning. I think I’ll try to meditate in the morning and in the evening. Mornings are always somewhat more difficult for me, sleepy head and stuff. But this 30-days thing will be a welcome motivation!

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Flick (4) (@flickmcbic) 5 years, 1 month ago ago

How perfect that this should be the first thing I see after signing up. Count me in.

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Karsten (7) (@kgladiator4) 5 years, 1 month ago ago

I made paleo pancakes and had a meditative meal this morning. It’s super cold right now in Kansas so I’m having a “stay in spiritual Sunday”. Happy to find this challenge. I am no stranger to meditation, I love adding new spins on it whenever possible and this seems right up my alley.

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Jannis “Yogkurt” de Reu. (45) (@yogkurt) 5 years, 1 month ago ago

This is going to be great

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Jannis “Yogkurt” de Reu. (45) (@yogkurt) 5 years, 1 month ago ago

This doesnt really count but on the 31th, Yesterday, I went on a nice walk trough town and I remember how much I have changed the last year. The cold air was good for me and when I walked trough the door I was kinda sad that it was over. I should walk more often.

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Daniel (8) (@standingontheprecipace) 5 years, 1 month ago ago

ok il give this a try, I have tried meditating in the past but stuff always happen to make me forget..

This time I will make it!!

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Luigi (1,453) (@luigiblue) 5 years, 1 month ago ago

Day one Complete!

Started with a yoga session to prepare the body, then finished with a chakra cleansing meditation for one hour to start the month!

Good luck everyone!

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Ralitsa (1) (@rallitsa) 5 years, 1 month ago ago

I meditated today for about 15 minutes while listening to binar sounds. What’s your opinion about that technique?

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A.C. Love (15) (@aclove) 5 years, 1 month ago ago

i sometimes use binaural beats. It’s just one of many ways to meditate. If you can’t find a quiet place, i feel they help block out other distractions. I’m really excited for this challenge. good luck everyone, happy days!

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Lowry (114) (@lowryderkid) 5 years, 1 month ago ago

I used binaural beats for sleeping when I was focusing on lucid dreaming, as it is a great aid in that too.

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Martijn Schirp (112,773)A (@martijn) 5 years, 1 month ago ago

Today I was cleaning out my freezer (I had to take a brake with writing my thesis, which is now officially finished! woohooo!) and I had to scrape off big blocks of ice. So I decided to collect these in a bucket, fill it up with water and do some cold feet and hands meditation – wim hof style. I did a 10 min feet one twice, and a 10 minute hands one. Was pretty awesome, going really deeply into the cold and consciously open up my veins and up my metabolism. Now it feels like I walked 20 miles tho.

Good luck everyone :)

(also, be sure to report back if you didn’t do it today as well. We can support & inspire <3

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Martijn Schirp (112,773)A (@martijn) 5 years, 1 month ago ago

This morning I sat down and did shamatha breathing meditation for 30 minutes. Was freaking fantastic.

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Ellie (1,363)M (@tangledupinplaid21) 5 years, 1 month ago ago

I made it about 2 minutes today, I had to sit in the bathroom because that was the only place free of people and loud television.

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Brenda (2) (@ThePassenger) 5 years, 1 month ago ago

I’m pairing this challenge with a cold cold shower also. I showered in the morning, and it was a super quick shower to say the least. “) It was followed by approximately 20 minutes of meditation. I’m looking forward to tomorrow!

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ian (0) (@lordoftheflies) 5 years, 1 month ago ago

ok im in i meditated this morning for maybe 15 minutes listening to abraham hicks guided meditation

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Mike (208) (@mikedvs15) 5 years, 1 month ago ago

January was the first time I ever went a whole month meditating everydY – you really begin to see the improvements – I am using the Brain Evolution System for the first 6 months of the year now I’m on level two – it is a half hour everyday and is high quality binural beats masked with soothing sounds. Good luck to everyone!

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Mike (208) (@mikedvs15) 5 years, 1 month ago ago

day two: straight posture – mostly focused on breathing and relaxing – I used alpha brain before and noticed a slight better improvement in con-zen-tration ! I found drinking yerba mate helps before hand too w/ focus

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Mike (208) (@mikedvs15) 5 years, 1 month ago ago

day three tried a 6 phase mediation – 1- love 2- gratitude 3- forgiveness 4- 3 year visualization 5- perfect day 6- channeling a higher power of your choosing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaRu14P9H84

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Hans (304)M (@M4G1C-LOG1C14N) 5 years, 1 month ago ago

I am going to work on foot today, Ram Dass on my headphones. Walking meditation for about 4 hours total. Probably will also do a short zazen meditation tonight. Everybody good luck & enjoy! :)

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Jannis “Yogkurt” de Reu. (45) (@yogkurt) 5 years, 1 month ago ago

Yesterday, 2-1-15, I was laying down when I was meditating and i started thinking about relgion. I’m not part of a relgion because i feel that faith should be a very privet matter. I think that we will be jugged by our life and that we wil be reborn as a reward/punishment for our past life.Thats why I feel that we should live in peace and harmony and that we should take care pf each other. sorry for the bad grammar and spelling, I’m typing this in a hurry. more tonight.

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Spring (1) (@Golluemchen) 5 years, 1 month ago ago

Im in ! Day one check – today I was a bit down so these 10min meditaion lifted my spirit . I feelt a bit dizzy while meditaing thought . Well I started meditation several times but never stuck with it so now I am excitied about this challenge , perhaps I will manage to actually form it into a habit

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Akshat (6) (@ak08) 5 years, 1 month ago ago

I’m definitely IN. Just meditated for 10 mins with Alan Watts’s The Art of meditation(on youtube).

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dark_light (3) (@darklight) 5 years, 1 month ago ago

Meditating for around 15 minutes daily in the morning since past month. My way goes like this — first take 10 deep breaths to clear your mind, then I recite in my mind important positive suggestions to myself like I will accomplish this and that today. Then again take 10 deep breaths to close off the meditation.

I think I am able to handle different situations of daily life in much better way by this meditation. It’s like I have become more of a stoic.

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Thunderfeet (161) (@thunderfeet) 5 years, 1 month ago ago

It’s awesome to see so many responses already. I already meditate everyday so this should be a breeze. I’m really interested in sharing my experiences and reading about other people’s meditation experiences.
I meditated this morning but I forgot to look at the clock before I sat down. I know it was between 10-20 minutes but that’s about it. Nothing special to report, I had a tough time relaxing and I didn’t really accomplish anything. Oh well, just trying to clear my head for a while in the morning always help me out for the rest of the day.

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