Meditating every day
Those who have been reading this blog for a while, know that I’ve been dabbling in mindfulness meditation for a long while (and had been, already a decade before starting this blog). My problem with meditation in the past was paradoxical: I’d commit to my practice for a while, and do quite well, but then at some point life would get busier and more stressful, and I’d give up my meditation again.
At the end of 2019, I started the Headspace 365 program – a year-long program of meditations. I was doing quite well with the program, but lots of travel in early 2020 derailed me. Then, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and I went into survival-mode. Finally, a few weeks into the pandemic, I realized I could use the tranquillity that meditation brings me now more than ever. So, I committed to meditate daily.
To commit to daily meditations, I decided to meditate first thing in the morning – even if that meant waking up at 6am (and currently even earlier to do my early morning writing). I continued doing the Headspace 365 program, but also decided for myself that on busy days, a shorter meditation would be fine as well. At this point, the effort was more about building the habit than anything else.
And now, a year later, I can say that my morning meditation has become the anchor of my day. It helps me be a calmer parent and a more focused researcher. I hope I can continue this habit for another year, or even more!
Very interesting. Thanks for sharing your experience. It is inspiring.
Thanks! My morning routine has changed again since then as I’m working from the office again, but I still try to find time every day for meditation or another contemplative practice.