Don’t believe everything you see on Instagram. If you’ve been following our Alaska Highway journey, you know that the full-time RVers life isn’t always picture perfect. During the past year I’ve found a key to managing the highs and lows: RVing with daily meditation.
RVing with Daily Meditation for One Year (and counting!)
Last weekend I reached a milestone. I’ve meditated every day for 365 days straight with Headspace. Other than brushing my teeth, I can’t think of anything that I have done every single day for one year. So I’m quite proud of this achievement.
Previously, laughter yoga was all I really did to keep my mind healthy. But two years ago I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and that changed everything. “It’s genetics,” they said. “Not much you can do about it.” I called bullshit.
A chronic health condition is not an option for either of us. I started eating better, drinking less and working out more to get off the meds. Conventional doctors told me this was probably not going to happen. But I got a second opinion from a MD / ND (naturopath), and was told that maybe in a year or two, better habits might help me reach that goal. He recommended meditation as one way to get there.
All the Cool Kids are Doing It
Meditation always seemed so out of reach for me. I couldn’t picture myself sitting in total silence for more than a minute or more. But I wanted to get off the pharmaceuticals and sat for my first three-minute session last July.
What I immediately loved about it was how Headspace makes meditation attainable. It unwraps the process and shows how this simple act can make a difference in anyone’s life. And for me, it has.
Every day, whether it’s for just three minutes or as much as twenty, I’ve managed to clear my mind and just breathe. To his credit, Jim has done it every day with me, so props to him too.
How Meditation Makes RVing Easier
Breathe in, breathe out. Just be. This simple act hasn’t made me as wise as Yoda, but overall RVing with daily meditation has helped in many ways, like taking the edge off life’s most stressful events.
- I’m more aware of how I react to my environment and those around me
- It’s easier to observe and accept that the situation is the boss
- I’m more cognizant of critical, judgmental and reactive behavior
- And my blood pressure has gone down. Way down.
I am almost completely off medication. My ND guesses that in another year I might get to cut it out completely. “Meditation is often the most powerful thing I prescribe,” he told me.
This isn’t our usual post about our travels or RVing, but I’m sharing it with you because honestly I’ve found it to be the best thing to deal with the wild swings that often lay just around the corner of this adventurous lifestyle. I hope you’ll give it a try.