A couple of weeks ago I shared a green juice recipe and mentioned that I would be participating in Oprah’s 21 Day Meditation Challenge. If you missed it you can read about it here.
Today I have a new green juice recipe and a meditation challenge recap. Results: the new juice is fantastic. My meditation practice, not so much.
Let’s start with the juice.
Because we’re leaving tomorrow I wanted to use up some of the fruits and veggies we had on hand so this is a mix of everything we currently have left except some brussel sprouts which I didn’t think would juice well. Maybe I’m wrong, anyone tried it?
This juice was sweeter than my normal concoctions but the jalapeno and ginger gave a nice kick on the back end. Probably one of my better ones in a while.
Sweet and Spicy Green Juice (vegan, gluten-free, soy-free)
4 clementines, peeled
1 big stalk of broccoli
1/2 bunch cilantro
1 big knob of ginger
2 celery stalks
1/2 jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed
Place all ingredients in juicer.
As for the meditation challenge, it didn’t go very well. The first 6 days were great. Every afternoon I sat down, got myself comfortable and followed along with the meditation. I was feeling relaxed and proud of myself for sticking with it. I had a few prolonged moments where I was really able to let go of thoughts and focus solely on my breathing and the day’s mantra. Even Eli and Guy, who don’t usually do well with my meditating, were very cooperative. No whining or trying to climb on the couch with me.
However, on day 7 something unexpected happened…I fell asleep. I’m not sure if it was a day I had taught early or I was just feeling extra comfy with the soothing music playing. Frustrated but undeterred I set myself up for day 8 and…fell asleep again!
I skipped day 9 and then it was really easy to skip day 10 as well.
Determined to see this through I made up the two days I skipped, without falling asleep, and tried to get back on track but was never really able to. I only completed 4 more non-consecutive meditations throughout the next week.
When the challenge came to an end on Sunday and I had 7 additional unfulfilled meditation practices in my email, I decided I was done. I know I should have finished. I know I should have made it a priority. There was even an old Zen adage that kept repeating in my head but I still couldn’t convince myself to keep going.
I feel bad but I guess I wasn’t ready to make this a priority. I know it will benefit me in the long run and I plan to revisit the practice soon but for now it wasn’t in the cards. Oh well, at least the green juice was a winner! 🙂
Anyone else participate and make it all the way through? Did you feel results?
I’m hoping to blog a bit while I’m in SF but it may be a little quiet around here for the next few days. I promise to be back with a recap of our trip on Tuesday regardless.
Enjoy and Exhale!