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.
Growing up, I was a sports fanatic. I emphasize the word fanatic. As a life-long California Bay Area resident, I’ve always been a fan of the Golden State Warriors (yes, even before they won their NBA championship a couple years ago). I owned their merchandise and I would attend a few games each year. In fact, I was such a fan, that a few years ago, I even got the same exact tattoo as one of my favorite players. Yes, you heard that right. The same exact tattoo, in the same exact body part. Oh man, how I would slap myself if I could go back in time when that idea initially came into my head.
Nowadays, it doesn’t take much for me to sit and meditate. Once I decide I want to, I go and do it. It wasn’t always like that. When I first started meditating, it took a lot for me to decide on a time and actually follow through with it. Being able to sit for more than just a few minutes at a time was another problem I faced.
Today, for the first time, I meditated in the rain.
Part 3 of the Why Do I Meditate Series.
I’ve talked in the past about why I started meditating. Here is Part 1 and Part 2 of the Why Do I Meditate Series. There is another reason why I started meditating, and after all this time, I had actually forgotten about this particular reason. It wasn’t until I read This wanderer’s comment that I remembered.
“If you are thinking too much about the past, and you are worrying too much about the future, then you are not living in the present. And in the present, that is all there is.”
A quote I read recently went something like that. I don’t know the exact wording, but the whole idea behind that statement has stuck with me. Ever since I’ve been meditating, I have had this new positive outlook on life. I do my best to stay in the moment; I do not worry about the past, and I do not worry about the future.
I have finally gotten past the tumultuous roadblock. I have been meditating almost daily, doing my best to be in a state of mindfulness. Thanks to some of the comments from my previous blog posts, I am getting helpful reminders and tips on how to improve my meditative life.
Lately, I have been trying to expand my meditative state of mind into my daily life.