How many times have we heard this:
“You want to get your meditation practice to be so part of your routine, that it’s just like brushing your teeth!”
But it’s not like brushing your teeth.
We don’t brush our teeth for 20 minutes at a time. Let’s not minimize what we’re doing here.
I also don’t want people to think they’re doing something wrong if, even after a year or two of meditating regularly, it’s still hard to sit down sometimes. It probably always will be.
Meditation practice is not a simple mindless autopilot act like brushing your teeth.
Meditation is, by definition, mindful. It is work. It is good work. It requires real, serious discipline. It requires you to put in the effort and show up.
When I first started meditating, I heard from one women who told me she had a daily practice for years and then, she just stopped. At the time I was so confused, how could that happen? But today, after over a year of meditating almost daily, I see how it could happen. It could happen if you just don’t show up for a couple days in a row. It could happen if you start sitting for fewer and fewer minutes at a time. And all of a sudden it’s down to nothing.
Don’t take your practice for granted.
If you’re meditating regularly, you should be proud of yourself. Keep going. 🐌