Last Updated on September 6, 2021 by melissanreynolds
This is an older post that shares how I accidentally fell in love with meditation through an experiment, which became a foundational aspect to my healing.
Since the the seismic shift of moving cities to take on a 3/4 time role, I have taken tiny steps to improve my life.
Now that I’m seriously pursuing the next stage of my mission to reduce my fibromyalgia/chronic pain/chronic fatigue symptoms, and in order to track what makes a difference and to fit it into a busy life, I’m going to try some experiments.
In mid-January I added D-Ribose powder to my morning and evening routine, when I take magnesium.
My Meditation Experiment
As of the last week of January, I added total relaxation pose (aka corpse pose) for 10 minutes a day as a gentle introduction to meditation, and a gentle reintroduction to yoga.
For the first three days I did this faithfully. On the fourth day I forgot. On the fifth, I jumped right in and did a 15 minute guided relaxation called Yoga Nidra, it was bliss! I noted, as I walked the dog about an hour afterward, that my neck felt “nice” (meaning, the absence of pain). It didn’t last very long, but I liked it.
I then found Yoga Nidra longer sessions. So I have a 50 minute, a 40 minute, a 15 minute one and a new mother’s one from a CD.
Having the meditation to look forward to has helped me cope with the day much better. I haven’t noticed a difference in energy levels, but it is nice to have something to look forward to when all I want to do is sleep (I can’t nap due to the medicine I take to help me sleep at night). Having my body in total rest for that time and for my brain to be switched off is a nice reprieve from myself.
Now that I have started I don’t know how I haven’t always done it!
More resources for you
This is the post documenting the experiment that made me fall in love with meditation! What a journey it has been since then. I have gone on to meditate every single day since, train to be a yoga and meditation teacher and created many resources for you.
The free 10 minute yoga for chronic pain and fatigue series includes a restorative yoga pose, Yoga Nidra meditation, breathing practice and a gentle stretch class to help you potentially fall in love with yoga too.
In addition to yoga and meditation, I have experimented with several things that have made a huge difference to my quality of life: