“Remember then: there is only one time that is important – Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time where we have any power.” Leo Tolstoy
I love starting new ventures. There is so much hope in the fresh, never tried. The day-to-day maintenance is much harder for me. This applies to writing, organizing and my latest venture—meditation.
I started meditating a few months ago. Organizing, planning, list making and that I’ve got to do focus took over every waking hour (and some sleeping ones too) encroaching on the part of my brain that needs quiet reflection in order to write.
A friend suggested meditation and I jumped at this glittering new promise for relief from my over-extended, hyperactive, obsessive-compulsive nature.
Most days I’m not sure I’m doing this mindfulness stuff right. But Andy at Headspace (the application I’m using) tells me this is normal. The mind is difficult to train.
But I’ve stuck with it and I’ve moved from ten minutes once a day to 20 minutes twice a day, once when I wake up and another time sometime in the late afternoon.
I started with the three introductory packages and moved to the creativity and sleep modules. Neither of these activities is easy for me.
Is it helping? Well, I have written more. And of course, the more I write, the more I write. I think I’m sleeping better. And when I do have my organizing planner hat on, I think I’m more present, less agitated and overwhelmed.
Could this progress be a placebo effect? Sure. But I don’t care how I get there, as long as I do. And if I’m honest with myself, what I really like about meditation is where I actually stop and focus on breathing and on the present moment. It’s all I need.
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