Sat later today to meditate, again not for very long but I tend to stop when I get fidgety. Sort of defeats the purpose if I can’t even sit still.
Definitely feel more relaxed still, despite the short time (and sleepy, honestly, but I attribute that more to the rain and being comfortable.)
Tried it with a vajrasattva mantra today, I think the chanting makes it easier to still the mind (a bit). I can focus on the voice and breathing and then sort of… drift. Until of course I remember something I need to do in 10 minutes, and start trying to micromanage my schedule again.
Ah well, progress.
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I’ve started a lot of new endeavors this year, and all of them are geared toward self-improvement. As I have a tendency to charge headlong down a path, and push harder and harder to try and get there faster, more efficiently… I have a tendency to burn myself out. Chomping at the bit, so to speak, to succeed.
So I’ve added meditating every day to this list of improvements. Mindfulness.
So I sat this morning, for, I don’t know? Five or ten minutes. Just… basking in the excitement, the nervousness, the impatience… the hunger for more, more, more… and it’s amazing, I think, just how much difference in tension and stress five minutes can make.
So, day one, journal-ed and marked down. I’ll probably keep dropping these, with maybe a comment on something I’ve learned to improve technique. Mostly as a way to keep myself going. Keep doing it every day, rather than letting myself cram on other things and push it back and push it back until it’s 11 PM and I’ve not meditated at all.
Mindfulness guys! It’s a stupendous thing.
Also to focus on:
Be more environmentally aware
Exercise every day