Day 11 of 30: Change
One of the few things I know for sure is nothing stays the same. Everything changes.
When something is happening that I evaluate as positive, I mourn that … it will end.
When I am sick, in pain, or sad, I take comfort that … it will end.
One of the remarkable things about being human is you have the potential to change & grow. No matter your age or your background, old habits can be extinguished over time and you can establish new ones. And those new practices can be the catalysts for more profound transformations in your life.
What does that have to do with sitting still for at least 5 minutes every day to rest your attention on what it feels like to breathe?
Remember that you are building the skill for choosing where to direct your attention and resting it there for as long as you wish. Freedom. Choice. Focus. Clarity.
Like most change, this change takes effort, time, and persistence. That’s why the emphasis is making it a daily practice before worrying too much about the duration. Hang in there. You can do it. And you’re worth it!
I invite you to pause now and sit with the reminder to be patient and kind to yourself:
How long have you practiced your current way of thinking, speaking, acting? Compare that amount of practice in these short 10 days …
If you choose to and with sufficient time & skillful practice, you can change. It’s a great motivation to invest in your breath-centered concentration meditation practice today. The invitation is the same as other previous days: At least 5 minutes resting your awareness on the felt sense of the rising & falling of your belly as your breathe normally. When you notice you’ve become distracted, celebrate the noticing. Celebrate that you have choice, and choose to return your attention to your breath.
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See you tomorrow!
I recommend The Dhamma Brothers documentary. It follows a meditation program offered to men in prison. The film shows profound changes experienced by men who grew up with violence and who were violent to others in the past.
Periodically it will be helpful to turn to a reminder of why are you choosing to invest in meditation. Here is a partial list of benefits…