July 24, 2018 at 2:11 am #36169
Step 11 is clear about the need for meditation. What are some of the struggles, solutions, and benefits you have found with having a consistent meditation practice?
September 5, 2018 at 9:17 pm #37336
One of my favorite sayings about meditation is “If you can’t find two minutes, you need 20.” It sums up my experience so well. As life gets busy and I get frantic, meditation and quiet time are often the first things to go. Paradoxically, these are the times when I need it most.
I’m finding that I have become more willing to set aside this time daily as I see how clearly it enhances my life. It’s as if mediation oils the wheels of life a bit–things go more smoothly, I am less ruffled, and I bring a better quality of presence to my day. I feel like I am part of my day instead of watching it pass by in a mad rush. I can really see my daughter as we talk, I stop to appreciate the breeze, and I am in less of a mad, panicked hustle to get things to go my way.
I’ve also found that it is a helluva lot easier to keep up a meditation practice than to start one. It takes a lot of energy to start a car, but not too much to keep one going. So I try to remember to get to this daily, because it will save me some anguish in the end. I find that when I am practicing regularly, I can access a place of calm and focus fairly quickly. When I haven’t been meditating frequently, it takes me awhile before I can settle in. I spent the first half of my quiet time restless, and thinking of what I have to do later. This is ok–it’s the dedication to the practice that counts–but, I get much more out of it when it is ingrained in my morning routine.
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