|Yoga with Ved|
|Yoga with Ved|
In my previous blog post I spoke about the need for practice and discipline. It is only through intelligent practice that you can make any kind of progress. This is true not only for meditation but for every avenue of life.
But keeping disciplined is often very tough. I am sure you have experienced making a promise with yourself to commit twenty minutes to practicing every day and not being able to fulfill it.
I have experienced that, trying to set goals for myself only for them to be disrupted by the course of life. Then we feel badly about not holding to our personal commitments.
On my spiritual journey I have felt this many times, and it continues to happen in small part. But I have developed personal strategies to help myself be better at sticking to my discipline.
I want to take this time to share with you the ways in which I have motivated myself to stay with my meditation and build my practice. These are some of the things that I do to this day to help me stay disciplined in my practice.
1. Make an appointment with yourself AND KEEP IT.
We all have responsibilities and duties to attend to in this world. There is not a single person who is completely free of that.
Even if you are a sage out in the wilderness, you still have the responsibility of taking care of the body. If you have a job, family, house, you have so many responsibilities to uphold. But in all of that we often fail to devote time to ourselves and make ourselves important.
Prioritizing some time and energy that is yours and yours alone is critical to finding balance in your life. When you continuously give yourself to the outside world, eventually you must run out.
By investing in yourself the time and energy for your own rest, development, creativity, and freedom – you will have that much more to give to the world.
Personally this was a great lesson for me. I learned that I needed to give myself permission to do things that are for me and my meditation practice was one of those things.
And I don’t mean that is must always be some form of entertainment or relaxation. It could be that you take the time to better yourself, learn a new skill, or even just take a walk.
I recommend actually setting an appointment with yourself just as you would do for any other person that you make time for in your life. Then if something else comes up for that time you can say “sorry I already have an appointment for that time.”
Making and keeping this appointment with yourself will give you a sense of purpose and personal connectedness. Certainly this is great way to schedule your twenty-minute meditation practice.
This is an important step in appreciating your self-worth and value in the world. You have to say to yourself that your time and energy are valuable, and that some of it is rightfully your own.