My last blog post was two weeks ago, in which I challenged myself to start meditating again. Since then, I have meditated twice. Which is more times than I meditated in the months prior. Additionally, I am practicing mindfulness more often. I am making progress. Little baby steps. But it’s still progress.
Here are the changes I’ve noticed since I re-started my Meditation Journey:
1) I am less stressed and less anxious. Stress has always been a part of my life, and the source can be from anything—from stressing about meeting certain expectations to being worried if people like me or not.
Most recently I’ve been stressed about money. I’ve been stressed about wanting things and lifestyles. Things I don’t really need. Things that I think will make me happy.
But once I started meditating again, I was brought back down to earth. I didn’t fantasize as often about how obtaining this thing would change my life. And when I didn’t have it, I stressed myself out; and that stress would have lasted until I had got what I wanted.
But what I want isn’t always what is needed for a happy and stress-free life. Instead of clamoring for certain things and lifestyles, I appreciated the present moment more. When I appreciate the present moment, the stress seems to disappear. Mindfulness helped me the most in this aspect.
2) I have a greater sense of purpose. I work in the healthcare industry. Part of my job is to help people. Sometimes I forget that. Sometimes I only think of it as an exchange of goods, where I put in the time, and in return I get direct deposits into my checking account.
It’s easy to forget that the world doesn’t revolve around me. My interactions with others have an effect on not only myself, but with to whom I am interacting with—whether that is a patient, client or co-worker.
Remembering that has always been difficult for me, but meditation has helped me. It’s helped me remind myself that I can and do make a positive impact on others’ lives.
3) I feel more in control of my life. Life sometimes takes over without even realizing it. Patterns and habits set in. Passive routine makes thinking unnecessary. It is the opposite of mindfulness.
The less I meditated and the less I practiced mindfulness, the more that my life was passing me by. I saw myself becoming lazier. Taking the easy way out. But taking the easy way out would sometimes bite me in the butt later on.
Now, I am more aware of my thoughts and actions. I am living with purpose.
Living purposefully has become a part of my life again.
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