My first year of grad school was one of the most relaxing years of my life. Sounds crazy right?

But the reason for my surprising sense of peace and tranquility, despite the stress of moving to a new city and all the papers and presentations that come with getting your masters, was due to one simple word. Meditation.

My first course in the semester was, “Stress Management 101.” My daily homework assignment consisted of an hour’s worth of meditation on my own time and than 3 hours of talking about and practicing mindfulness meditation in class at night. Basically, on top of sleeping better, I was spending a good part of my day focused on being relaxed.

Boy do I miss those times.

But then I wondered what the difference was between now and then? Why do I need a homework assignment to get me to meditate more? It’s a question I’ve been pondering since reading one of our top posts this week on the benefits of meditation. I guess I have no more excuses. After I write this up, I’m off to meditate. What will you work on this week?

Build Positive Emotions through Meditation

(Adventures of Positive Psychology) – Reading this post is what pushed me to start meditating again. Read it yourself to rediscover the physical and mental health benefits of meditation.

Internal Improvisation: Making Music Even When You’re Broken

(The Therapist Within) – When something shakes you so hard that you feel broken apart, it’s hard to hear the music of your life. Gabrielle invites us to find the beauty in whatever circumstances we’re in.

The Creative Personality: Playful and Disciplined

(The Creative Mind) – I once knew a girl who was über creative, but never got anything done. She was all light and fun, but had a difficult time in the discipline department. If you are a creative person, you know the importance of being both creative and disciplined in being productive. This post is all about that.

3 Ideas for Befriending Your Body

(Weightless) – One relationship we often neglect is our relationship with ourselves. These three unexpected tips will help you with one of the most important relationships of your life, the one we have with our body.

Colds, Flu and Spring

(Anxiety & OCD Exposed) – Everyone gets sick every once in awhile. Even writers. Read along as Dr. Laura L. Smith has an interesting experience with getting a cold and taking medicine. See if you can relate.