We keep reading about it; the most important endeavor one can undertake is self-knowledge— to “know thyself” as the inscription reads at the Temple of Apollo—and what better way to start that examination than the practice of meditation?
For one year I have been taking a moment out of each day to sit quietly with myself.
Short term effects: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
- It’s quite frustrating to observe when one’s mind wander.
-Initially there was a lot of resistance to sitting.
- -Observing one’s thoughts and the “monkey mind” creates a gap between myself and my thoughts. Disidentification with thoughts and emotions is a key benefit of meditation for me.
Long term effects: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- It’s now easier, in daily life, to catch myself being lost in thought and snap back to presence.
- I have found meditation to be an excellent gauge of my stress levels. If I’m stressed, then meditation really highlights the internal turmoil of looping thoughts and emotions.
- Realizing just sitting is enough to feel fully content is freeing.
- It has been tricky to turn this into a daily habit. Especially since my baby, Hanna, arrived. 👶
- When routine is broken (traveling, busy weekends etc.) I tend to forget to sit.
- It’s easier for most of us to value ‘doing’ above ‘non-doing’. Going for a run is more readily accepted than prioritizing stilllness.
FINAL VERDICT: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
It’s easy to get carried away with our careers and demands of life. Meditation has become a daily reset for me.
No longer taking my thoughts too seriously, or mistake them for being me, is a big takeaway from this experiment.
If you feel you don’t you have time to sit for 10 minutes each day, then you probably need to sit for an hour! 😉 🧘🏻♂️