Meditation Journey: First Year Review

It has been nearly a year since I began this meditation journey. My life has definitely changed in the past year, some of it due to meditation, and in other ways in spite of it.

Lately, I haven’t had a regular meditation schedule. To say I’ve been “busy,” is a lame excuse. I’ve learned that one should be able to make time for meditation, no matter how many other things has to be done.

While I am not sitting and meditating on a consistent basis anymore, I have taken what I have learned in the past year and applied it to my daily life.

I am more mindful. I do meditative walks a few times a week. I remember to center myself on breathing. I live purposefully. Doing these things, I am happier. I am more able to appreciate the present moment.

I used to focus on my past mistakes a lot— however, I realized that thinking about the past wouldn’t change it. It has already happened. I can take what I learned from that moment in time, but that’s it. To wish to change something that has already happened is selfish. I am robbing myself of the present moment.

A year ago, even at the ripe age of 28, I was immature. I was envious. I was restless. I was self-centered.

Today, I am an improvement of my former self. I am not perfect, but that’s okay. There are still some things I would like to work on. I would like to set aside more time to meditate regularly. I would like to be more patient. I would like to be more generous.

Overall, meditation has had a positive effect on my life. I look at things differently than I used to. I react to situations more encouragingly. I am more appreciative of relationships. I am more sympathetic.

Documenting my meditation journey started out as a personal goal. I didn’t know how long I would continue making blog posts. I wasn’t sure if I would make weekly posts, monthly posts, or whatever. I ended up writing sporadically. I enjoyed blocking out a time of the week to just sit, meditate, reflect, and write. But as we all know, life can get in the way sometimes.

The past few weeks, I have been thinking if I should maintain this website or not. I get great benefit from both writing and reading all the comments and emails I get from subscribers and readers.

However, it does cost money to keep this domain, and my annual subscription is up for renewal later this month. I have enjoyed keeping the website ad-free, and I do not feel comfortable asking for donations.

One of the ideas that I’ve thrown around is combining and re-editing all my blog posts (plus new unpublished posts) into an E-book. I may end up going this route. If this website disappears, but you are still interested in obtaining the E-book, send me an e-mail using the Contact Me form. Even if the domain name expires, I will still have access to the e-mail, so I can update you as the E-book progress.

Thank you to all the readers in the past year. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all the comments and e-mails.

9 thoughts on “Meditation Journey: First Year Review”

  1. I’m the same way with not meditating as much as I feel I should be. I also have been trying to be more mindful throughout the day. I’ve been trying to make it a point to follow my breath when I am doing certain tasks like tanning, or in between sets during a workout, or even while running. Even though I’m not sitting with an actual intention to meditate, I find coming back to my breathing and back to myself to be very refreshing. Whether you do an e-book, keep blogging, or any other outlet, don’t stop writing! It’s good for you! Best of luck on your journey, wherever it takes you!

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  2. Hey there, I’ve just started blogging. You are my fifth follower. Please don’t go, elephants get lonely. I have little resources so my blog has to be free (kinda like me). If you do leave, big elephant hugs, and wish you well.

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  3. oh bummer! I’ve just found your site because you found mine & it’s been perfectly timed as I’ve realised I must start to meditate if I’m to survive this world. If you do close it down, I wish you all the best though.

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