I love this time of year. As year end holidays meet the coming year, it's almost as if time takes a pause, like that space between inhale and exhale. Time stands still momentarily and we switch gears from thankful reflection to forward intention and motion. That pause is sometimes the focal point for mindfulness practice, as it is one of the more ignored moments of our lives.
Even if you've never been a client or student of mine, I invite you to take part in an exercise that honors this moment. Take a sheet of paper and fold it in half. On one side reflect back through 2016 and list your accomplishments that can be celebrated, big and small. On the other side, write a list of things you'd like to see manifest in 2017.
The crease in the center of the paper is this moment of pause. This moment of turning the corner from reflection to your coming future. I invite you to bask in this moment, because if you have been a client of mine, you know that your 2017 list has a strong potential of coming true. Particularly if you make an honest and authentic commitment to it.
It happens to a lot of us--over time, our practice wanes and we find ourselves only sitting when the conditions are just so. As the new year approaches, taking a look at our mindfulness practice may reveal gaps and disappointments, particularly if we discover that we have become a Meditator of Convenience.
I recently noticed that this malady has crept into my practice, so I dug deep to remember tools and approaches to help me find my compassionate way back to a steady and loving practice.
What is a Meditator of Convenience?
A meditator who practices only when conditions are optimum