Updated: Apr 8
During uncertain times, we need to come together as a community and stand strong. We need to stay positive and know that there is light at the end of the tunnel. But most importantly, we need to connect with our emotions and ourselves to make sure we are doing ok through it all.
As we are navigating the current circumstances, it’s very easy to get caught up in the news, the panic, and be psychologically affected by everything that is going on. Even unconsciously, this could be taking its toll. What we are experiencing is something unprecedented, and there is nothing that can prepare us for this. Thankfully though, there are tools that can help us deal with how we respond to these unforeseen circumstances.
Practicing meditation can have incredible benefits for our mental health. Some of these include increased concentration, reduced stress, greater sense of peace and clarity, helps control anxiety, and even improve our sleep. Whether you do this often or are a newbie to the meditation world like me, this is a great tool for us to be more self-aware and help us cope through these uncertain times.
There are numerous types of meditation, some are breathing exercises, other types include visualization, mantras, and guided meditation. Which type you go with depends on your preference. For beginners, guided meditation is the easiest to start with as we are learning to put this into practice.
Bridges Unite & The Happy Experiment are joining forces to go on a 21-day Meditation Challenge and we are inviting you to go alongside us. If this is something that you are already doing, we applaud you and would love to hear about your experience so far. If it’s not, we encourage you to try something new, be open to new experiences, and join us!
There are numerous tools to start meditating, a few include:
YouTube videos with guided meditation
Headspace, an app with a series of guided meditation exercises
Muse, an immersive meditation device
Courses in online education sites and universities
The one we will be doing as part of this challenge is the 21-Day Meditation Experience by Deepak Chopra: https://chopracentermeditation.com
You are welcome to use whichever one you like best and feel more comfortable with.
We will be starting today, it is about 15 mins a day for 21 days. Not only because it takes 21 days to build a habit, but because meditation is one of those things in which we will see results after practicing it for a period of time. It’s not instant gratification, but it can certainly be life changing gratification.
If you decide to join this challenge, we would love to hear from you! Share with us your experience through Instagram and Facebook and you can always email us back!
Use the hashtag #THEmeditationChallenge so we know you are participating and tag us!
Good luck! And stay safe! ☺
About The Happy Experiment:
Founded by Cristina Serarols, Bridges Unite's Chief Creative Officer, The Happy Experiment was born with the purpose of bringing joy to people around the world and providing the tools to help individuals uncover their own happiness.