This personal challenge will focus on inward simplicity. I am committing to ten minutes of yoga and/or quiet contemplation every day for the next four weeks.
As this challenge comes to a close, I'm struggling with how to measure how successful I was. I think I spent more time THINKING about the act of quietly thinking than I did actually engaging in the quiet contemplation activity. I did do some more yoga and am working to make that a weekly, if not daily, habit. I have also become far more mindful of the value of quiet space - both physically and mentally - in my life.
That being said, I'll leave this challenge with the following musings...Every week I look forward to Rowdy Kittens' Simple Living News Update. On Mondays, without fail, Tammy compiles some great resources and articles on different aspects of simple living. The link that really struck me this week was a post at Far Beyond the Stars entitled "How Creating Space Can Lead to a Healthy Creative Habit." Reading this article made me think about how my first two personal challenges have both been efforts to create more space in my life. I know I have a long way to go, but I feel like most of the time I am walking along a healthy path.
As an aside, I have remained committed to donating 10 items a week. I am going to continue the challenge, along with this yoga/quiet contemplation one, indefinitely. I'll post about my progress from time to time.
Next week I will start a new challenge that focuses on giving back. Stay tuned for more details.
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