If you've been following along, you know last month was the first time I've practiced meditating on a consistent schedule. My goal was to start out with sitting down once a week for at least 5 minutes and practice taking deep breaths, praying, and concentrating on the phrase "I am capable." On the days I practiced, I noticed I was able to progress through the rest of my day less hurried, calmly responding to unexpected (even inconvenient) speed bumps I encountered throughout the day. I was far more aware of how I was feeling, what I was needing, and how to best handle various situations. Holding onto pieces of my meditation throughout the day, I could actually feel my stress lose much of its power!