Just as I was making significant progress in my meditation journey, I hit a roadblock. I was meditating consistently, getting good sessions in, seeing improvements in my life, and it all came crashing down.
Several months ago, my fiancée and I felt we needed a change of scenery. They were building a new apartment complex across town, and we decided to make the move. We had grown irritated at our current neighbors— we could smell them smoking (in a non-smoking apartment complex), they weren’t picking up after their dogs’ poop (sorry for the visual), and some were even parking in spots that weren’t assigned to them. It got to the point where we couldn’t just disregard it without feeling bothered. So we figured it was time for a change, and what better way than to move to a complex that’s brand new and full of updated amenities, with beautiful views as a bonus.
If you have ever moved before, then you know the drill. It can be stressful. There were so many things we had to do: hire movers, update our addresses, pack tons of boxes, then unpack tons of boxes, clean the old apartment, set up the utilities and a lot of other miscellaneous things. We didn’t really feel settled in until about two weeks after we had the initial move.
During that time, I didn’t get any meditation sessions in. I was so tired and stressed out, I couldn’t muster up the energy to sit and meditate. Whether it was the lack of meditating, or just the overall situation, but I was not in a good place.
Before all this hoopla, since I started meditating I noticed myself viewing life in a very different light. I was positive and upbeat. I was living life in the present moment. It was wonderful. But during those two weeks of the moving process and being meditation-less, my mind was regressing into a negative state. I was feeling down, tired and irritable. Work was smacking me in the head. When I looked at our never-ending to-do list, I felt extremely anxious. Maybe, just maybe, if I were able to meditate during that stressful time, I would have handled it all a bit better.
Either way, all the major moving stuff had been taken care of now. And I knew I had to get back into my meditating routine.
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