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.

10 thoughts on “Meditation Journey: First Year Review”

  1. I often pick up a book i have not read in a while or perhaps just a verse or a poem and use it as my focal point for meditating. Let me share this beautiful Haiku by Shiki
    “A firefly
    has alighted on the temple bell,
    and glitters.”
    Very powerful images to transport one into stillness. Thanks for stopping by


  2. 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!


  3. 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.


  4. 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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