When I started on this challenge, I was unsure how I could keep up with meditation without missing any days. While I realize that the ultimate goal of meditation is to know thyself, it is a marathon and not a sprint. You have built this whole treasure trove of memories, behaviors and relationships over your lifetime and it is impractical to think that you can know everything about yourself in a few sessions of meditation. So far, I am sucked into the challenge and my mental forces have activated my dormant perseverance muscle 🙂 .
I had a good session today for about 25 minutes out of the 30. I was eager to give up towards the last 5 minutes of the session. There were periods of absolute thoughtlessness but followed by some strange thoughts that have never occurred to me in real life. Some weirdness is good and I just believe that this weirdness will manifest itself in a meaningful way in my future sessions. It takes a lot of discipline to be gentle with my wavering mind and let the stream of thoughts flow without inserting myself into the story. It is becoming increasingly clear that mind is a crazy monkey and it wants to distract you and test your resolve.
Some good news is that , over the last 5 sessions, a lot of good things have carried over to my other aspects of life. I am much more calm, self confident and steadfast. I am usually the worst procrastinator in this whole world and I was surprised to see some encouraging trends in my daily life. My food habits have become better and my interactions with people have become much more measured. I am looking forward to discovering myself a little more as days pass by.
Today’s tip : Meditation is like exercise. Just like physical exercise needs warm up, one needs a mental warm up before going deep into meditation. Here are some of the steps for warm up
- Start with mental intent to embrace the tiny journey you are embarking on without any judgment
- Do not take part in any mental stimulation ( watching TV, playing video games, drinking tea/coffee/beverages, etc) 15-30 minutes prior to the session
- Have enough sleep during the night and trust me, it helps you go deeper into the practice
Parting Quote by : Mahatma Gandhi
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.