With another year under way, how are you feeling about your “new year’s” resolutions”? Did you have the opportunity to reflect on your last year, and resolve to do things differently this year – take better care of yourself, have a better work-life balance, exercise more, eat more healthily? The usual suspects 😉 We barely have time to recover from the busy-ness of the festive season and, before you know it, it’s back to work and life once again starts to get hectic. Most people I talk to are already feeling like those resolutions seemed like a good idea at the time, and, for some, are already a distant memory, with life already back in top gear.
My resolutions for 2019 are about continuing to live simply – and eating nutritious, organic food, getting out in nature as much as possible, and meditation. I really want to deepen my meditation practice, and, because this is important to me, I have already begun researching and incorporating ways in which to make this happen. Actually, I guess they are more like intentions...
I was a bit of a late-comer to meditation, especially considering a number of family members have been practicing bringing peace and sanity into their lives for many years, and have often espoused the benefits they experience with regular practice. I guess I was more of a “I don’t have the time” and “It’ll be okay, I’ll sort it out” kind of person, “flapping” and muddling my way through life.
And then, just over five years ago, cancer came knocking. Thankfully, I didn’t need much convincing that I needed to start doing things – well, life, actually – quite differently.
Over the next couple of weeks, I am going to post a short piece each day about meditation, that will hopefully help to explain a topic that can seem quite massive and complex, leaving people thinking “it’s all a bit too hard”. If you ever get the sense that you’re barely keeping your head above water, “flapping” against the riptide, and you’d like life to just slow the heck down a little, these posts are for you.
It’s time to start waving, not drowning.