Two months ago I started a 30-day meditation challenge to help me cultivate the skills required to experience more gratitude. So, how’d I do? Well that depends on how you measure success I suppose. I did not make time to intentionally meditate everyday, but I did gain some valuable insight. From the outset, I had a suspicion that setting a meditation-related “goal” might be a little paradoxical since meditation is all about acceptance, forgiveness, and non-striving.
One of the coolest aspects of this challenge was experiencing myself making choices that meant I would not meet a goal that mattered to me. Despite the irony, I highly recommend this experience. If you’re anything like me (i.e., put lots of pressure on yourself to achieve), you might learn that life goes on and people still love you even when you fail.
Another point of irony, there were days when I knew I wasn’t going to meditate where I actually felt proud of myself for honouring what I felt in that moment. Honestly, I can’t believe I’m even writing these words because my fundamental fear in life is being average and I most definitely associate not achieving goals with being average.
So, what now? Well meditation is still exceptionally important to me and the days I don’t make time for it are probably the days I need it the most. However, there’s no point beating myself up over it, just accept, don’t judge, and try again tomorrow.
Here’s an article that every high-stress, high-achieving person out there needs to read: http://www.theonion.com/articles/unambitious-loser-with-happy-fulfilling-life-still,33233/?ref=auto It might just bring you the perspective you need to make more room in your life for love and peace, two things that don’t fit when there’s too much striving, and self-judgment.
Happy Meditating my friends…whenever you get around to it 😉