Umm…

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Meditation intrigues me. I’m a huge fan of it in principle, it’s just that I don’t always practice it regularly. Much like yoga, walking the dog, journaling, and writing — my other daily disciplines that I’d like to aspire to. And I always feel so uplifted after doing any of them, you’d think I’d be actively partaking in daily practices of each. The one I do seem to actually accomplish is berating myself for not regularly participating.

Aha–the word “accomplish” is telling me something, here. What if I relaxed about my doing and appreciated my being, even in the context of Things I’m Reaching Toward? I seem to equate doing with being — as in, unless I meditate daily, then I am not someone who meditates. If I want to be someone who exercises, then I must do this specific thing daily. Unless I produce printable writing daily, then I am not a writer.

Holy crap, that’s not how I approach others, why in the world would I treat myself that way?!?

We don’t have to be professionals, experts, to consider ourselves practitioners. It’s okay to practice. Dabble. Be a dilettante. Try, try again. We don’t have to be masters in order to participate. “Experiencing” sounds so much more enjoyable than “accomplishing”.

And if something is more enjoyable, then it’s something I find just happening more often in my life. Instead of having to schedule it, or make it happen.

So for today, I’m letting go of working these things into my day. I invite myself to play with disciplines, rather than bind myself by them. Our interests are meant to bring us pleasure, not become a chore.

In that spirit, here’s a meditation app and website that I am finding to be very helpful — and fun — for me: Ananda, from the Chopra Center. There is a library of options to choose from that combine relaxing music with meditation tracks, and more are constantly being added.

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My favorite part? A daily combo that is pre-chosen! I just open the app, click on the Meditation of the Day, and settle in for ten blissful and uplifting minutes that make the rest of my day incredibly amazing.

How can you play with an interest of yours today? Please share in the comments. Your ideas help us with ours!

4 Comments on “Umm…

  1. This is perfect today!!!! I love the idea of opening ourselves to the experience rather than an achievement or accomplishment. Brings light and openness to the moment ✨ thank you for sharing the app as well, looking forward to some playtime! 😉💖

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    • OH! You are a genius!! I am now thinking of the (mostly) daily time I take to read…what if I “split” that time between (already) reading and (adding) meditation?!?

      Because I totally resonate with what you wrote about seeing where it takes you…and I’m guessing that both of our 10 minutes always ends up being longer–easily!! ❤

      THANK YOU!! You have really helped me with my mindset, here! 🙂

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      • That’s awesome, so great to hear!! 😍 yes I always read for more than 10 minutes😊 sometimes it takes me into the wee hours of the night. All worth it though!

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