I’ve meditated off and on for the past year. Typically, I’ll go for 10 to 15 min. a day and keep it up for five days. Maybe a week.
Than life intrudes. I’ll miss a day, then another, and say “the Hell with this!”
It doesn’t help matters that, to my understanding, the benefits of meditation come through long-term practice (or at least longer-term than a work week!).
What exactly are the benefits I expect? I know for a fact that I feel refreshed after I’m done. But that’s a short term effect. Listening to long-time practitioners and proponents of meditation (e.g. Howard Stern, Rob Long) talk about their experience, I expect to be able to truly focus my mind and to shut out external stimuli. I also looked to be centered and find calm in stressful situations.
Again, I suspect I’ll need to string together more than five sessions to see these benefits. But how to stay on track?
I think I’ve found a couple of tools to help me. More about those in my next post. (Hint: One is a Kindle/iPhone app. The other is a website.)