Twelve years ago, I got into meditation and all things associated with Buddhism. I felt really good spiritually and mentally, and then life happened and got in the way and I lost it.
Fast forward to the past few months. It is no secret, if you know me, that I do not handle stress well. And, luckily for everyone around me, I tend to take on a lot of stressful things. I started to lose interest and excitement for things I am typically very passionate about because I felt so stressed. I just wanted to throw my hands up and walk away from everything.
So, remembering how great I felt when I used to incorporate Buddhist practices into my daily life, here is what I have done:
I started meditating 20 minutes a day
I stopped shopping (this is due to a few reasons, but I do think it helped in this scenario as well)
I started wearing my Hamsa necklace again as a reminder
I started listening to podcasts on Buddhism in the modern world, happiness, and other similar subjects (meditation dissonance learning from podcasts – doesn’t quite fit the theme, but it helps so… is it bad?)
In just a few days here is what happened:
I have more energy
I am taking deep breaths where necessary
I feel more creative again
I feel kinder, more forgiving, less judgmental
I feel more in touch with a piece of me that gets bogged down by stress and BS
I am quicker to self reflect and apologize
You might not have this same experience, but maybe give it a shot. Make the time to do whatever helps. A better you is better for everyone around you.
“There is the possibility for change. All emotions all fleeting. That is the ground for mind training. Two opposite mental factors cannot happen at the same time. You can go from love to hate, but you cannot at the same time toward the same object, the same person, want to harm and want to do good. You cannot in the same gesture give a hand and give a blow. It is a self-perpetuating process. Look inward. Do the same thing over and over. It takes time to unfold. Mind training matters. It is not a supplement. This is something that is going to better every instance of life. We love to do jogging, fitness. We do all kinds of things to remain beautiful; yet we spend surprisingly little time taking care of what matters most. Compassion put into action.” – Monk, Matthieu Ricard. Choose Love.