365 DAYS TOGETHER
Hello my friends
Approximately 115,000 in our community meditate every single day. An additional 250,000 meditate 3 or 4 times a week. And a much larger group meditate around 10 times a month.
If you're like me, becoming one of the 115,000 people who meditate every day seems like a daunting task. It's not that we don't understand the benefits of a daily meditation practice. We do. But the reality is that life throws challenges at us and sometimes we forget to prioritize.
So I've decided to set myself a goal; I will meditate every day in 2017. All 365 days.
And I'm hoping some of you might come along for the ride! Many believe the benefits of meditation are magnified when done collectively - even in virtual groups - and this community is a wonderful place of encouragement and support. So why don't we do this together! There's no pressure. No end goal. No analysis. Just a commitment to hit the Start button with me every day in 2017.
I've created a public group on the app called "365 DAYS TOGETHER" where I'll be posting my thoughts from time to time. I'd love you to join the group and post yours as well. Let's encourage others and share our experiences. And for those who already meditate every day, the rest of us would love your guidance along the way. Feel free to drop in and say hi.
In the 18 hours since I posted this message more than 1,000 people have joined the 365 DAYS TOGETHER group. Amazing! All of sudden 2017 looks like an exciting year :)
Wow. I'm overwhelmed. Perhaps a little nervous! In just 3 days more than 2,300 people have signed up to take the challenge. We're in this together now :)
And so we've been thinking...if 2,300 signed up in just three days, how many more might be interested? There are 22 days until 31 December...is 10,000 participants too ambitious?
Imagine for a second 10,000 of us meditating together every day in 2017. Who knows what might happen. Nothing? Everything? Both at the same time!
So here goes...let's see what we can do when we organize.
Reach out to your friends. Your local groups. Support groups. Schools and Universities. Post a message in the groups here on the app. If you use social media, maybe post a link on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. (Use the hashtag #insighttimer2017 so we can respond).
23 days to go my friends. Another 7,700 challengers to find. The countdown has begun.
5,000 have signed up. 5,000 to go :)
It's 7:30am on Thursday 15 December, 2016 and I'm sitting in a small coffee shop in Umalas, Bali.
When I went to bed last night 6,000 meditators had joined this group and committed to meditating together every day in 2017.
I opened the app this morning to discover we've already reached our target of 10,000 mediators. 15 days early.
I'm lost for words.
But ok, challenge accepted my friends. Our new target is 20,000 meditators!
We're now at 17,000 participants. 14 days to go. Where might this take us all :)
The Insight Timer community has spoken.
There are now 20,500 participants already with 12 days still to go.
This might be the largest meditation project ever over an entire year!
Which means we're now making history and defining our futures both at the same time :)