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It’s day 20 of the 31 Days of Mindfulness Challenge and today’s task is to spend 60 seconds focusing on your breath. [affiliate links may be used. thank you for supporting north country nest.] 

Day 20: Set a Timer for 60 Seconds and Focus on Breathing. 

“May each breath be like a footstep bringing you back to the home of yourself.”
— William Wordsworth

 Today is quick and easy introduction to meditation. 

Prior to starting my meditation practice, learning to meditate ranked pretty high up there on the list of things I had absolutely no interest in. 

In my mind, meditation was for pot-smoking hippies who had nothing better to do all day than chant ‘om.’ Classy, right?! 🙂 

And then I read the book 10% Happier by Dan Harris. I was six months into being my own boss, the stress level was a little too high and I was ready for some forced relaxation. His perspective in meditation completely changed my own. I realized it wasn’t reserved only for tree-huggers but “normal” people could meditate, too. 

I meditated for the first time on July 16, 2018 and have been practicing at least once per week ever since.

I am going to assume some of you may have the same feelings I did prior to reading 10% Happier and the thought of sitting down to meditate is the absolute last thing you want to do. 

In an effort to ease you into this whole m-word thing, today’s mindfulness challenge is simple. Find a quiet space, set a timer for only 60 seconds, close your eyes and focus on breathing in and out. It’s okay if your mind wanders. It’s okay if you start thinking about your grocery list. It’s even okay if you are counting down the seconds until it’s over. Notice those wandering thoughts (hello day ten challenge!) and then bring it back to the breath. 

When those 60 seconds are through, try it again a little while later, with the goal of five 60-second increments of focusing on the breath. 

You got this! 

  If you’re joining in, let us know how your intro to meditation went in the comments! 

All our best,


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