In 2017, my goal was to meditate every day. Out of 365 days I was able to meditate for a total of 159 days or 43.56% of my goal. This was better than my 2016 goal where I only meditated for a total of 76 days or 20.76% of the goal.
I reviewed my meditation journal and noticed my largest gap in 2017 was 123 days without a mediation. As I thought about it I realized there was a pattern to why I was not about to mediate every day.
I will share with you those reasons and a small explanation of why I feel I did not meditate and perhaps how I can avoid those same mistakes in 2018.
Reason I Did Not Meditate Every Day
During the year there were times I would miss a few days. I look to these reason on how I can improve my daily meditation practice. I share with you why I failed and how I plan to succeed into 2018.
All successful people understand how to become a success in all areas of their life by applying similar principles.
Although my plan is to meditate in the morning when I wake up many times I wake up hungry. I end up making breakfast then getting busy with my list of things to do for the day.
During the day say I will meditate after my shower. But because I feel as if I am behind on completing the tasks, I look to meditate later in the day.
The whole day goes like this where something becomes more important than spending 20 minutes in silence. I will focus on not worrying about what is on my do to list. Rather I will start living in the moment.
My goal is to meditate before I shower or after I shower. Whatever is on my to do list can wait. I can always stay awake 30 minutes longer, before bed time, to complete my tasks.
Don’t Make Time
Although I enjoy the seated meditations I do every day, I feel I have not made it a priority. We all make time for what is important to us.
I have to look at my day timer and schedule my mediation. If it is important to me then I must get it done.
The reason I don’t meditate every day is because on that day I must feel that this one meditation can wait. Maybe I feel like I can gain anything by sitting for a short period of time.
Drinking and Feeling its Aftereffects
I do not drink every day and I don’t have any wine, beer or hard liquor with dinner. I don’t usually have a drink on the weekends.
Now I will have a drink if it is a special occasion or I may have a few drinks with a friend I have not seen in a while.
If I am meeting a friend for lunch or dinner I try to get as much of what I would like to complete before I meet up. By the time I get home I do not want to go to my meditation room and meditate after a few drinks.
I feel it is disrespectful to the spiritual energy in that room. I feel I would not be peace.
The best way or me to not miss meditating on the weekends is to do it when I awake in the morning or again after my shower.
People Coming Over
My wife and I do not always host parties at our home but when we do we like to invite about 10-15 people over.
Typically we will watch a UFC fight. We may also celebrate a special event in our life such as a gender reveal party.
Because we are the host of the party we have make sure the house is clean. We have to get the food ready and we want the food fresh, so we will go to the store a few hours before we start in the kitchen. We want to make sure there is enough wine, beer and hard liquor for those who might want a few drinks and did not bring any.
Because hosting a party can go from 6pm to early into the morning hours, I forget to make time for myself. The concentration is on making the party a success.
Don’t Feel Like it
Although I enjoy mediation and have gotten many things from it, sometimes I don’t feel like sitting down for 20 minutes in a crossed legged position. After a few moments my feet can go numb and my back or legs can be tight.
I feel pretty clam and grounded most days. I feel the stillness and feel like I have awareness in myself and others.
There are many people who don’t meditate and missing one or two days is not doing to be the end of the world, is it?
A success principle, is to meditate even if you don’t feel like it. This is where discipline is created. I will meditate even when I don’t feel like it because it will make me stronger in other area of my life.
As I write this article, I see where I can improve on my daily practice. I notice I have the most success when I make quite sitting time in the morning or after my shower.
Although I have meditate before bed I find the best though, understanding, question and breakthroughs come to me when I am alert.
Do you meditate every day? Have you missed your daily sitting due to some of the same reasons I have? What were some of the reasons you missed your meditation?
Leave a comment below and share what caused you to miss one day and how you plan to fix that.
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