Why I Meditate, Part 2

In February, meditation teacher and author, Sharon Salzberg sponsors a 28-Day Meditation Challenge. Everybody is invited to commit to meditating every day for the month and join the mindfulness community. As part of the challenge, I’ll be blogging throughout the month (along with other meditator/bloggers) about the experience. You can find the posts on Sharon’s site and I’ll share mine on Focus Pocus.

28-Day Meditation Challenge ~ Day 27
Friday, February 27, 2015

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“We practice meditation in the end not to become a great meditator but to have a different life.” ~ Sharon Salzberg

Sharon’s post this week has stuck with me. I do not practice meditation to get better at meditating but to get better at living.

At meditation group last night, my friend (and Balanced Hedonism Queen) Sandra Savine said, “Unconsciousness is painful.” My unskillful words and actions have caused all kinds of suffering…and still do. I sit to be more conscious.

It’s true for other practices, too.

In Nia, I don’t practice a heel lead and outward block to get better at them. I practice the movements to pay attention to how I do what I do.

In yoga, I don’t practice Crow to get better at Crow. I practice Crow to practice doing something that scares me and that I can’t do (yet).

I don’t get on the dance floor to become a better mover. I move to notice my habits and tendencies and to approach them with curiosity and compassion.

I don’t show up on my mat every day to get better at yoga. I show up on my mat to get better at being a person.

It’s not about getting better at the practice, but about getting better at life.

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3 comments
  1. Lori Raphael said:

    Is it really Day 27? This is one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. It was easy- and free. Some days I did thirty minutes, some twenty. I meditated in my basement and in a NYC hotel room. I didn’t get mad at myself if I didn’t stay one hundred percent focused. I feel more patient with people, even myself. Thank you for suggesting this, Susan and Sharon. Onward. Not counting days any more.

    • It’s been a great month ~ so good to do together! And I agree, no more counting days, just making it part of each day! Thank you for being part of it. ❤

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