Most people think meditation involves sitting in the lotus position, with your fingertips touching lightly and your back straight. They also assume having a thought means you fail.

That’s total crap.

Meditation is a form of relaxation. I do it lying down, with my hands by my side, and my head tilted back to open my airway. I don’t try to keep my mind blank, nor do I expect to reach enlightenment. I merely focus on my breathing and let my mind drift.

The goal was simple: meditate one hour each day.

It was easy… and incredibly boring.

The first few days were the worst. I counted down the seconds, waiting for the timer to go off. Splitting my session into two didn’t help. Nor did trying to focus on my breathing. It wasn’t until I decided to alter my approach that it finally changed.

The point of this challenge was to relax and centre myself, but I’d kept myself so busy with my various goals and objectives I’d had little time for myself. This was my opportunity to change that.

Instead of seeing my meditation as a task requiring completion, I saw it as a chance to brainstorm. While my body rested, my mind was hard at work, processing the various things I’d been too busy to deal with. Secretly, I hoped I would have a breakthrough—a revelation that would change my entire outlook on life—but it wasn’t meant to be.

Sigh.

The challenge was technically a success, but I don’t feel as though it brought much value to my life. I still enjoy the occasional bout of meditation, but I don’t think I’ll ever consider myself a master. 10-15 minutes in the morning and at night is plenty.