It has been some time since I have written an article. I guess I can put it down to being side-tracked by other activities (mainly other work).
But, I was prompted to write “When things are going well – don’t stop meditating!” following my own experience of things going well until they weren’t going so well and where I was left based on what I had let slide in terms of maintaining my own wellbeing.
The other reason is that the intent of my website and the content that I share about meditation, consciousness and presence etc is really important to me in that I truly believe it can help people. Because, what I share has helped me.
I STOPPED MEDITATING
Yes, I stopped meditating and my meditation cushion and stool have been cast aside for months and have definitely gathered some dust.
I can put it down in part to working, but mainly it’s because life has just been chugging along without too many hiccups or any hiccups have been minor and I haven’t been overly stressed or confronted by anything too challenging.
But of course, that all changed as life does and all I can say is when things are going well – don’t stop meditating because it can leave you flailing.
WHEN THINGS ARE GOING WELL…
We stop those things that we sought out during times of difficulty – like meditation. And this is ok of course until we are challenged by people and situations and well, we stop feeling good.
It’s human nature that when we feel better, we often let go of those things that helped us feel better or helped us view things differently in the first place.
And, it’s also true that when things are bad or we’re feeling terrible or stressed that we seek out something to make us feel better or cope – like meditation.
That’s why most people become enlightened or seek out meditation when they are suffering.
It’s important to know that these activities and specifically meditation actually assist us in our experience of life being less dramatic and stressful or at least our perception of our life which can alleviate this stress. We are less likely to catastrophise and more likely to be aware of how much our mind is dictating our experiences and that it is leading us down into despair and suffering.
MEDITATE THROUGH THE GOOD AND BAD TIMES
So, meditation is essential in the good times, when things are running smoothly.
It creates balance, builds resilience, provides insight and clarity and of course a sense of calm.
This is essential in order to ride through any difficult times that may arise.
And, it is equally important to continue to meditate through those difficult times even if you can just find a few minutes a day.
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BACK IN THE MEDITATION SADDLE
Now, I think it has helped that I am basically a meditator at least to some degree most of the time, though for the last 6 months or so I have not meditated at all.
My previous meditation knowledge, experience and practice has definitely helped me through these difficult situations as I have an understanding of how the mind and ego works (though the situation and my mind got the better of me for sure), but I have to say that if I had continued to meditate, I know for certain that I would not have suffered as much nor been as confused in knowing what to do or which direction to go in.
So, with that, I am back in the meditation saddle or rather on my meditation cushion. I honestly feel much calmer already and everything’s not quite as overwhelming or doomsday as I may have thought.
If you have stopped meditating or have never meditated, I can only encourage you to begin or to begin again.
To learn more about the benefits of meditation, read my article “What are the benefits of meditating?”.
I hope you take the time today to meditate!
And remember to be kind to yourself where ever you are at and when things are going well – don’t stop meditating and if they’re not so good at the moment – do it now!