A couple of years ago, I added meditation to my daily morning ritual. I discovered that meditation was a powerful tool for me; that it helped me feel centered and prepared to meet the day.
But then . . . last year . . . lots of my regular habits and rituals started to unravel. Including my budding meditation practice. (Like I've mentioned before . . . I lost my balance last year.)
I decided to use last month's One Little Word challenge (to develop a new habit or activity) as an opportunity to put meditation back into my daily morning ritual; to get myself back in balance.
With a few exceptions, my focus on daily meditation was a great success, and the practice is now rooted in my morning ritual.
I've discovered a few things along the way.
- If I let the morning get away without meditation, it's much harder for me to find a way to fold it into my day later. (Those days I missed? It's because my morning was crazier than normal that day.)
- It helps to have a designated place for meditation -- and a signal to let Tom know I'm meditating and not to disturb me. (I close the door - and then Tom remembers that I'm meditating.)
- I really like having a candle burning . . . even though I tend to close my eyes during meditation.
- Soft, gentle music playing in the background helps me stay focused.
- No distractions allowed. No phone. No Tom. No dogs.
But wait a minute.
While Tom understands that a closed door means Do Not Disturb . . . the dogs? Not so much. They sit on the other side of the closed door and try to get in. Loudly. Distractingly. (And sort of pathetically.)
After several days of trying to keep them out, I decided to give in and let them come in with me for daily meditation.
We begin the ritual with some petting and tail-wagging. Maybe a dog-kiss or two. And then we all settle into our places. JoJo usually to my right, and Jenny right behind me.
Turns out my daily meditation practice is enhanced with dogs. And I think this is really okay. Because, for me, interacting with my dogs is a great way to get into a more mindful state of being.
And I think they like it, too!
Have a great weekend!