Have you learnt new things about yourself this year? I did. While we probably didn't like the form in which the lessons arrived (a national lockdown, a second lockdown, a loss of work, an overload at work), the lessons themselves have been like uncovering gems. There's a real opportunity for personal growth if you look for it.
Exactly because of the disruption, this is the single best year to start a meditation practice. I know many people resist the idea as something extra to add to their already full plates. I'd reason that meditation adds time to your life rather than subtracts from it because it helps you see yourself and what really matters more clearly.
Some parts of us are untouchable by the changing winds of life. They are the core, immutable parts of ourselves. Meditation is simply learning to spend time anchored there. When the world feels like it’s off kilter, and when those around us are churning, we can respond by being settled ourselves. We can do our best to not contribute to more worry, more uncertainty, more blame, more anxiety. Instead we can breathe and sit with that part of ourselves that is unchanging. We can develop the tools see the bigger picture, to hold space for the unknown, and the to sit with uncomfortable emotions. It's a radical idea really.
Many people who read this will find there's still a huge resistance to getting started. This is true for almost everyone who meditates. Learning something new is uncomfortable at times. Sitting still and being with yourself is uncomfortable at times. On the other side of it is a chance to find that part of yourself who is steady, calm, clear, and kind. This is the opportunity to work with the discomfort.
We can write off 2020 and blame it for our circumstances, or we can use this exact same year as the reason we started waking up.
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