The 40 day challenge starts with a single step…

Dear readers to-be,

First, who am I and why the heck did I start this blog? 

Me, I’m Kim, I’m 32, married with a 5 year old daughter and a baby on the way! 

I work as a management consultant primarily assessing the processes and technologies of different businesses helping organizations to select and implement the appropriate software packages.

When I’m not working I’m either spending time with my family, playing field hockey, cooking, reading, doing yoga, kriya, meditating or going to satsang.  I’ll explain more about kriya and satsang at a later time.

Why am I blogging?  Well, for one I’ve always wanted to start a blog, but never new what to blog about and have always been intimidated because your words are out there publicly and permanently.  It’s kind of scary but liberating at the same time. 

About this blog.  I’ve tried numerous times to do my kriya, a breathing technique that I learned through the Art of Living organization, for 40-days.  I made it the full 40 days one time only.  40 days is a lot longer than it seems when you are trying to be disciplined and do something everyday, especially with a full schedule and when you have days that you are tired, lazy or just plain don’t feel like it.  In my most recent attempt, I was up to about 26 days and then had this one day where I was just so exhausted that I just couldn’t make myself do it.  It was pretty disheartening to think that I had to start all over again.  Now, being pregnant, I’m unable to really do kriya, but I can MEDITATE.  I have learned a meditation technique, Sahaj Samadhi from the same organization (Art of Living) and it is so helpful in calming my mind and relieving stress, but I still have trouble with consistency and staying disciplined everyday. 

Part of the issue is, sometimes meditation is great and I can meditate for almost an hour and feel like I never want to come out of it, but other days I sit there for 20 minutes and my mind is just all over the place and it starts to defeat my motivation for meditating.  This is where the discipline piece comes in and this is why I decided to start the blog to keep me accountable for meditating everyday.  As the saying goes, every journey starts with a single step.  Here’s mine.

Today is September 17 and my challenge will end on October 27.  I have a habit of starting initiatives and not seeing them through to fruition so I’m hoping this blog will keep my committed through the duration.  It’s funny, when it comes to work, I am super-disciplined, but when it comes to things I start on my own in my spare time I have trouble staying with it.

My first meditation was this morning.  I wasn’t super calm, but I meditated for about 20 minutes so I’ll check it off for the day.

Lastly, before I sign-off for the day, I want to share a song by one of my favorite singers of Bhajans (Vikram Hazra).  It is Om Namo Narayana and can be found on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6pqE9W28xg

Enjoy!

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About Kim

I'm Kim and I'm 32 years old am married and have a 5 year old daughter and a baby on the way. I work as a business consultant and outside of work I love to play field hockey, do yoga, meditate, spend time with friends and read. I love the fall more than any season and am so excited it is here which has inspired me to do this meditation challenge!
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