… The challenge is this: from Ash Wednesday (Feb 17) until Easter (April 4), train every day, without fail, no excuses; even if you have to move mountains. Simple enough said, a little harder to do.
It’s not as easy as it sounds; things come up. Some days, you might only be able to get a few minutes of training in; but the point is to do it everyday, no matter what.
It doesn’t have to be martial arts training either. Whatever it is that you need to really rededicate yourself to: studying, practicing an instrument, walking, watching what you eat; anything – do it every day, without fail.
The 2010 Lenten Challenge begins TODAY! As for myself, I will be participating in the Lenten Challenge however I will not be doing any type of martial arts training. Instead, my challenge is to meditate each and every day for the duration of the challenge. I have already been doing this on my own missing a day here or there, but now I will dedicate myself to this practice each and every day.
On January 15, I started meditating using the Natural Stress Relief method. There are many meditation methods out there, breath awareness based meditation, insight based meditations, mantra based meditations etc. I’ve chosen a mantra based meditation as I feel the mantra helps to calm my monkey-mind. Other popular mantra-based meditations are Transcendental Meditation and Primordial Sound Meditation. Basically, mantra based meditations consists of the effortless repetition of a mantra with no breath control.
Anyhoo, both my wife and I have committed to meditation for the 2010 Lenten challenge. For more on the challenge, click through to Rick’s blog, Cook Ding’s Kitchen.