Well, according to my meditation helper application. I have not meditated in a week. Will make time this weekend =) 20 months ago
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How I did it: I found a website/blog called Zen Habits that has a wonderful section on how to make your goals into habits. Start by following these steps:
1. Pick one habit at a time. (I think this is the most important step. Just focus on one thing)
2. Start small (baby steps).
3. Use social motivation (post on 43Things!).
4. Identify your triggers and be conscious of them when they occur.
5.Enjoy the new habit!
These are pretty simple steps that we have all heard before but when I really focused on them they helped me achieve this goal. I started with 10 minutes a day and then increased by 5 minutes every week. I picked a regular time (first thing in the morning) and set my alarm. I tried to sit every day but if I did miss one day I didn't beat myself up for it. I just made sure to sit the next day. currently I am sitting for 25 minutes each weekday morning before work and for 30 minutes on the weekend. I am working my way towards 30 mins on weekdays and 1hour on weekends. I know that the goal was to sit weekly but I find that trying for everyday makes the habit "stick" much faster.
I can't begin to say how much this has improved my outlook and focus. My friends have commented on how much happier I seem and how I'm much less angry. I find that the practice has started to help me at work on getting my priorities sorted and being less distracted by the typical work stress that used to drive me nuts.
This is a great habit to have and I hope to keep it going for the rest of my life. I think the benefits will only increase over time. Read how I did it… 2 years ago
two Sundays in a row but I will make sure to sit for @ least 30 mins tonight. 2 years ago
I had an interesting sit this past Sunday. I’ve been struggling to deal with some pain I have on my right side from an old injury and I was able to make some peace with the pain during my meditation. 2 years ago
It was a small group because many people went upstate to hear Thich Nhat Hahn speak during a day of mindfulness. I will have to settle for the online video. 2 years ago
another sangha in Brooklyn, NY.
I’m looking forward to seeing how this group differs from my own. 2 years ago
I’ve had good intentions in keeping up a daily practice but I’m not that diligent. Trying at least. 3 years ago
and used it last night for a 40 minute sitting. With a candle and incense lit, I was able to find a center of gravity and let the mind do what it needed to do.
“The best way out is always through.”
- Robert Frost 3 years ago
I attended a meditation. I recently joined a group and this is the second meeting I’ve gone to. Well, third if I count last weeks ceremony at the park.
Beginning a weekly meditation practice is my goal. In the past I had every intention of making this happen but somehow I didn’t set a time for just sitting.
Today I will commit myself to sitting for at least 15 minutes a day. 3 years ago
“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trial.”
“Our deep desire is to be truly loved for who we are, and we are all searching for a context to make ourselves known.”
- C. S. Lewis 3 years ago
While the class focused on love mainly I was able to get in a 10 minute meditation.
It felt good but I realized that sitting in Lotus Pose just isn’t that easy for me after injury to my ankle several years ago. I will work on stretching and see if that helps. 3 years ago
I got there on time but the session didn’t start for another half hour. This gave me time to stroll the beautiful building (see pic that I got off of there website). The interior is as impressive of the outside grounds.
We sat for approximately 20 minutes. Followed by a walking meditation and the another seated meditation.
It was interesting and I plan on making the next meeting this coming Sunday. 3 years ago
last night on the mat and I was ready to jump out of my skin
I’m having a hard time with sleep lately and haven’t had much energy to run this week. I was hoping that a meditation would aid in a restful night but it didn’t seem to make the difference. Still I need to continue. 3 years ago