I spent the second week of the Real Happiness 28-day mediation challenge on the road, driving through 10 snowy states en route to Wisconsin. Before I left, during week one, we had been sitting together in the office everyday, and I had gotten used our quiet and warm meditation routine. I knew sticking with the 28-day meditation challenge on the road would be a lot trickier. None the less, I was determined to sit everyday.
It was almost dusk on Superbowl Sunday and I still hadn’t made time to meditate. I was warm and drowsy, comfortable on the couch at a friend’s house in rural New Hampshire. Did I really have to sit? I was tempted to give myself the day off but I thought about my commitment to the challenge and slowly forced myself off the couch. I suited up in snowshoes, snowpants, a headlamp, and a down jacket and I headed out into the cold. Making my way on a snowy trail each step took me farther away from the madness of the Superbowl until all I could hear was the wind and the calls of an owl. Eventually I found an open field and plopped down. My friends found me there a few minutes later and joined me in meditation.
When my cellphone timer went off the sun had set, my mind was clear, and my energy restored.
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