I did the Sharon Salzberg meditation challenge a few years ago. It was nice – I was just starting to get into meditation. I had no idea how powerful it could be and I continue a meditation practice. It is definitely a practice because it is never perfect and ebbs and flows, much like my life.
In meditation, I welcome the distractions. It’s part of the process and has helped me with the power of focus in so many other areas of my life. Sharon mentions being even, calm, and balanced during this meditation. 5 years ago I would never have described myself as such. I was irrational and would fly off the handle and overreact many times a day. Now, I pause before I react most of the time.
What is interesting and surprising to me is, that while I know I’ve been changing as I’ve worked on myself mentally, spiritually, and physically over the past few years, I haven’t reflected from a place of loving kindness on how much I’ve changed and grown and how much of that change I can attribute to meditation.