Last year I found myself leading a mindfulness movement at work, and with so much focus on the power of consistent meditation, I decided I should quit dabbling in it and try a regular practice.As part of a group a colleague was leading, I meditated for 20 minutes every day for 10 weeks! Then, when the class was over, I gradually found myself meditating less and less.
Over the holiday break, a friend pointed out that a period of great creativity and joy in my life corresponded with this period of meditation. So, I’m back at it: 10 minutes a day, trying to make it part of my morning routine (but cutting myself some slack when work demands me extra early and fitting the 10 minutes wherever I can in my day). I shared this intention with my friend Maureen, and she sent me over to Zen Habits : Breathe and Leo Babouta’s Meditation for Beginners: 20 Practical Tips for Understanding the Mind. The quote below from this article captured much of the value I have found so far.
“Probably most importantly, it has helped me understand my own mind. Before I started meditating, I never thought about what was going on inside my head — it would just happen, and I would follow its commands like an automaton. These days, all of that still happens, but more and more, I am aware of what’s going on. I can make a choice about whether to follow the commands. I understand myself better (not completely, but better), and that has given me increased flexibility and freedom.” ~Leo Babouta, Zen Habits : Breathe
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