I started meditating about 35 years ago, and the simple truth is that over that time many things have come and gone in my life, including people, careers, houses, pets, and a whole lot more. And perhaps the most stabilizing thing I have found through all of that is my daily meditation practice. OK, maybe not a daily practice that happens every day, but one that I am always happy to return to and has become more consistent as the years have gone by.
I meditate because it makes me feel better. And when I feel better I am nicer to myself, to my friends, to my co-workers, and to pretty much anyone I meet during the day.Before I meditated I didn’t think this was really that important, since there is always another day, and we forgive and forget, right? Actually, not so much. How we treat others day-in and day-out makes a big difference in the overall arc of our lives.
And meditation works particularly well on bad days. On one of those days when I would usually take a tumble and snap at a co-worker, or say something mean to a friend, I don’t. When I would think lousy thoughts about someone on the subway or in another car on the road, I don’t. When I would not even see the kid in the grocery cart in line in front of me, I do see them, and then I make a face, and then they make a face and we both end of laughing. It’s really true, how we treat others day-in and day-out makes a big difference in the overall arc of our lives.
My meditation practice has better enabled me to choose what I do, and those better choices have had far more effect than I ever thought they would. So I have been meditating for awhile now, and am very happy about that.