If you Fall off the Meditation Wagon (or Meditation Horse) – Just Get Back on Again
Of course Thanksgiving is the start of the holiday season. I was determined to not let the holidays steal my joy which they had done every year, so I decided to blog with a new Christmas idea every day.
Having not fine-tuned a daily blogging habit on my other site, the process wasn’t exactly flowing. But by the middle of the month, I was tooling along. The problem was that the month of December was filled with a ton of other commitments: end of the year doctor appointments for my mother and myself in order to take advantage of the deductible for the year, choir practices and concerts, family coming in from out of town and all of the to do’s that come with Christmas – shopping, baking, wrapping presents, cleaning – Need I go on?
I was getting up before the crack of dawn to craft my tip, idea or inspirational thought for the day then flying out the door to take care of my other responsibilities. Something had to give and unfortunately, I let it be my fifteen minute meditation practice. THAT was the one small, chunk of time that I should have protected.
But, my friends, even as one who has dedicated her life to teach and involve people into the practice of meditation, I let myself fall of the meditation horse. Why?
Because just like eating healthy, flossing your teeth and exercising, it’s easy to do and it’s easy not to do. I had convinced myself that my blogging was connecting with God and I was writing inspirational material. Wrong….
When you fall of the wagon of eating right, getting enough sleep, exercising, your body feels it. If you don’t floss your teeth over time, you can lose your teeth! As a result of not meditating for several weeks during this super busy time, I was stressed out, worn out and I even got a cold at the end of December. I rarely get colds.
The good news is that once you train your mind to be still through practicing meditation, it’s just like learning how to ride a horse or a bike, you never forget. At first it’s hard to quiet the mind. As you practice, it becomes easier and you will never forget how to do it.
I popped in my meditation CD, “Be Still and Know that I am God,” and turned to cut #4 which is the practice I use that is around 15 minutes long. As soon as I put it on and began to do the first deep breaths, I immediately felt more calm.
Once again, I allowed the claws of busyness to hold me in their grip.
In our busy world, it sounds crazy that stopping to be still and meditate for fifteen minutes can help you relieve stress and be more productive. It does. I urge you to discover the power of meditation in your life.
To hear my transformation story, please put in your name and valid email address and I’ll send you that, which is Cut# 1 on my Be Still CD for free.
If you fall off the meditation wagon or – horse, just get back up again. I did.
Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God.