I have to admit, I’ve fallen off the meditation band-wagon. Well, it wasn’t really a band-wagon, but last year I took a 6 week meditation course and since then I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve meditated. Oops.
The course was both wonderful and challenging. We spent most of the class meditating (even meditating while walking!) and then we’d also break out with partners (complete strangers) to share things about ourselves and, sometimes, about others in our lives we were thinking of. It wasn’t an easy experience. In fact, it really took me out of my comfort zone. Sometimes (and I admitted this in class), I dreaded going. I’m really glad I did though. Now, you may be asking why?
The class (meditation, itself) allowed me to challenge myself to be in the present. To listen to myself, concentrate on my breath and be in the moment. It allowed me to be focused. It’s made me calmer. It made me less anxious. It allowed me to be.
A lot of you may say, I don’t have time to meditate. Well, you’re fooling yourself. You do have time. We all have time, and it’s our choice on how we focus that time. Most of us focus it on random things, and sometimes those things are things we don’t even want to do! I’m guilty of it too, but that’s not how I want to spend the rest of my life.
So, again, I’ll admit that after the class I did not meditate. I thought about it but didn’t make it happen. However, as I come up to a new year in my life (it’s almost my birthday), I’d like to revisit my meditation practice. I know how good it can make me. I know how much calmer and at peace it makes me. I know it’s worth it.
If you’re thinking about meditating, I highly recommend it. It may be hard to maintain among the demands of daily life but if you take even 10 minutes every morning, you’ll see a difference!
If meditation has added to your life, I’d love to hear about it!