There's a bad feeling dogging me. It's nasty stuff and it makes me crabby and when I'm crabby, there's no hiding it. So this morning when I sat down to meditate, a goal popped to my surface pretty quickly. I'll figure out what's bothering me, I thought. It's probably my weight or a ghost anniversary. When something bad happens at a certain time of year, my body remembers the anniversary before my mind figures it out. Once I figure out that earlier feeling that is being recycled in my body, I feel better. I like to figure things out. It makes me feel smart and feeling smart makes me feel good. But goals and meditation don't mix well. Once I sat down, I realized the flaw in my plan. Meditation is not my time to figure things out. It's not a time to figure out what's making me crabby. It is the time to take a break from what's making me crabby. That is where the relief comes from. That is where the respect comes from. Twenty minutes each day I pay some respect to myself and let the rest go.
Welcome to the Slow Breath Soft Heart blog. I hope you enjoy my thoughts on meditation, and it inspires you to try to start or enhance your own practice. I'm always interested in writing content about meditation in the legal field for your publication, speaking on the topic, or teaching an immersive session. Please see more information about my programs, or get in touch.
Meditation is not about ambition. It is about intention. It is not about doing it right or being the best or even about becoming enlightened. It is about sitting in stillness for twenty minutes every day. That’s all. Now, see what happens.