Meditate from where you are
This is an ongoing series running through May to compliment the twice weekly meditation sessions that I will be hosting on YouTube (the videos have now been moved to my Vimeo page). If you have any questions, please contact me.
Maybe you have set up a routine for your practice? It might be daily, every other day, maybe twice a day. The schedule will vary for different people and that is fine. Set up a schedule that works for you, not one that works for someone else. One Tibetan teacher was asked what is the highest, read “best”, practice that one can do. His reply was,
The one that works for you.
I want to see results from my practice. I don’t want it to be something that is a burden on my life. When that happens I start skipping my practice. I start thinking of it with distain and decide that there are other things in my life that are more enjoyable. Hearing of others meditating no longer inspires me. I no longer get curious to learn about meditation. It drifts from my life.
So you might hear of people setting themselves what appear to be incredible schedules, or working on meditation practices that you judge to reflect in some way that they are better than you. My advice is to put that down. Start from where you are. Practice from your place, and practice sincerely from that place. When I pace my practice from where I am, the results come.
Not only is meditation a marathon and not a sprint, I should have added that it is also not a race.