Hi guys, it's been a while.
Hope you are all enjoying the summer holidays.
I have been struggling with motivating myself to keep up my meditation practice the past couple of months & thought I would check in with you all to see if the feeling is the same for anyone else.
Life is always busy, but I really feel the past few months has just been so much busier than usual. From my full time work, hospital appointments, evening classes, trying to finish assignments, too caring for a loved one after a short hospital visit, the list goes on. I felt like my head was spinning. I felt like the to-do list was piling up & I was getting nothing finished. The more I felt his way, the more I closed off to sitting, being, meditating. And the more I closed off to this, the more my head spun. At the time I didn't feel "in the head space" to meditate, I had too much to be "doing". But in actual fact sitting, being, meditating was exactly what I needed. So I brought it back to basics. Connecting with one breath, as often as I could throughout the day. Just one. That's all I could do at the time. But connecting with one breath, led to another and another and the stillness that came with it pulled me in more & more. From the stillness came clarity, calmness, renewed boundaries & the motivation to get back into the seat yet again.
Why am I sharing this with you?
I feel the need to share this for anyone who is feeling disconnected from their meditation practice. It's very normal that life can pull us away from it & definitely do not beat yourself up over this. It happens to all of us. The important thing is that we start again. Start with one breath. We all know how good we feel after meditating, when we are "in the zone" . We all know the many benefits for body & mind. We all know the sense of calmness within us when we are connected to our practice.
Start with one breath.
PS: This is not me in the picture, I usually have a red face, pyjamas on & am sitting on the floor or sofa when I am "back in the seat" :)
Sending love to you all