I’ve long known of the detrimental effects that the overactive mind has on our bodies. Stress, anger, jealousy, anxiety, sadness, insecurity; all of these are examples of emotions that can harm our health. Many times, I’ve experienced physical reactions to these emotions as I’m sure all of you have as well. Despite my knowledge, I was never able to successfully stick to a meditation practice.
It wasn’t always smooth sailing. That bit of struggle is where the learning really happens. There were a handful of days in which I woke up too late and had a series of unexpected obligations pop up. Some of those days, I didn’t have my meditation time until after 8pm, and I could really tell a difference in my mood by that time. Not that my mood was anything negative, but I could sense imbalance within. On other rushed, chaotic days, missing my early time affected me a lot, and I’d need meditation time badly. In those instances, I’d usually find a quiet space or just close my eyes where ever I was to practice mindfulness or do breath work.
The biggest gift that meditation has given me thus far is openness which in turn has continued to soften me. When we are open, we can give and receive freely. We are provided for. Our lives bloom into such magnificence that we think it has to reach its limit soon, but it doesn’t; it just keeps on growing.I may have completed my 100 days challenge, but I don’t see anything as completed. I felt this way throughout the entire challenge. I never felt pressure to continue, nor did I feel anxious when I neared the end. A friend messaged me on Sunday and said, “Serendipitous that your 100th coincided with Easter and its message that nothing is final.” I think that is such a beautiful synchronicity, and I’m happy to have friends who can point these things out when I don’t catch them! Meditation will continue to bless my life with its gifts. I have an abundance of gratitude in my heart for this new path that I’ve embarked on.