It has been trickier to keep up with blogging this week because the types of meditation and times of day that I have been doing them have been different. Although blogging has been more difficult to keep up with, the techniques we are using this week has helped loosen my expectation about mindfulness and meditation needs to work in my life. Whenever I try to start a new habit, I can be really unreasonable with myself about my expectations, and when life inevitably doesn’t match my expectations, I get off track. The benefit of the types of meditations we are doing this week is that I am forced to think more flexibly about how these practices will fit into my life. It’s great if I can wake up and do this first thing in the morning, but when I can’t there are other ways to fit mindfulness practices into my life.
As for the specific techniques, it is harder for me to maintain my concentration with the walking practice because my mind wanders so much while I walk. Noting the rise and fall of my step is probably the most helpful way to maintain focus. The body scan was relaxing and offered a surprising experience. While noting the sensations in my body during the scan, I was surprised how varied and fleeting the physical feelings were. I might feel a little pin in my lower back, but that quickly dissolved and gave way to a tightness in my neck. Next I might noticed the dryness and heaviness of my hands. Then my shoulders demanded my attention. It truly is always changing.
- Perfect isn’t necessary.
- There are many ways to carve out time for this in life, even when the time and place aren’t ideal.
- Be patient with sensations that are irritating for frustrating because they rarely last very long and give way to other experiences.