Friday, March 08, 2013
This morning started out rough. Both of my sons wet the bed early this morning. I left for work without having breakfast, taking my medications, without my lunch, and about twenty minutes late for work. So I missed my morning meditation before work. The first few appointments this morning didn't flow well. I finally took the opportunity I have been talking about. I set a timer, went into the quiet room, and had 15 minutes of meditation in the late morning. And the day got better. It was a quiet day, but a good day. I am glad I finally took the time.
I want to thank you for all of the comments and support you have given me in blogging about this. One comment that came up again and again is that people have tried meditation but cannot quiet/still their mind. That's the beauty of it. You don't have to. In mindfulness meditation, there is recognition that the mind's job is to think, to be active. You increase awareness, learn to be more present in the moment by focusing on a single thing, like the breathe. When you notice your mind has wandered, you simply direct it back to the focus. No judgement, no criticism, just awareness. The more you do it, your brain becomes re-wired and it slowly infiltrates other aspects of you life. I have not meditated daily, but it has really changed my life.
I hope that some of you will try it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Today I do not have any funny stories, or sage words of advice. I do have a question: has anyone reading this found a way to make meditation a daily practice? If you have, what steps did you take to do so? I welcome any recommendations or advice offered.
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Today is Wednesday, day five of trying to implement a new healthy habit. I have been working on taking my meditation practice to a new level, making it a daily practice. I have made some gains, having meditated at least briefly every day. But there is still room for improvement. I have been meditating every morning. It has made every day go a little better. I mentioned in an earlier blog that I keep thinking about sneaking in a few minutes of mindfulness in the middle of every day. Today I attended an hour long mindfulness class, and it was great. There is something about meditating in a group that is very uplifting and supportive. Now the goal is to bring some mindfulness to the middle of my day, every day. I will start with every other day. I am looking forward to it.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Today was it brief. I think my all time fastest meditation session. Four minutes before the day's activities interrupted and duty called. I think I have already mentioned that every morning before work, I turn off the radio in my car and take a few moments to reflect and center. I may not have mentioned that work is located in strip mall. So I park in the parking lot of strip mall, turn off the radio, close my eyes and usually do a quick body scan or awareness of breathe meditation. This morning I felt like I had just began when someone knocked on my window. It was a client on her way into the animal hospital, bringing her cat to see me. She called out to me: "Dr Simone, are you ok?" It never occurred to me that it might look odd to someone else. So yes, I did meditate today, but not for long. I did eat about half of my lunch mindfully. And it was good. I have found a few minutes every day this week. Tomorrow will be good. It's my day off, and I will attend a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction class at Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham. Although I only found a few minutes today, they were good minutes, and the benefit lasted much longer than that.
Monday, March 04, 2013
How will I keep track of my progress, stay motivated, and how will I measure the results of my bid to make meditation a daily practice? I think this is both the simplest, and yet the most intangible parameter to measure. To keep track, I simply report to you all. To stay motivated, I am accountable to you all, and to myself. And, if I reflect on the wonderful benefits of meditation, that should be motivation enough.
Measuring the benefits is a little more challenging. How do you measure the release of tight muscles in your chest, the calming of butterflies in your stomach, the ability to stay calm in the midst of: one son climbing the stairs on the wrong side of the banister, a cat throwing up a hair ball on the carpet, a pot boiling over on the stove, one of the dogs chewing up a boy's treasured toy, and the other son salting the cat. That all really happened one day, within about a 15 minute span.
The answer is that you can't measure it. But you know there has been a change. And the change it good. And it makes life better. So you do it again.....
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