Savour The Process

Savour The Process
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Meditation is like going to the gym. You can’t go once and expect immediate results, and yet, many people do.

I hear it all the time: “I didn’t feel anything!” or “Nothing happened!” or “I couldn’t get my mind to shut up!” – and this, after just a day, or a couple of days of practice.

It’s not entirely their fault. We do live in a society that’s all about immediate gratification and fast results. We don’t like to wait, but the reality is, like fine wine, good things take time.

And – the initial part might not be as pleasant as you might expect.

When you want to become lean and fit, you exercise. You’re not going to see results immediately. In fact, it might hurt at first as you make your muscles do things they aren’t used to and in this uncomfortable period it might take willpower to keep exercising. But if you stick with it, you will feel better, look better, and your body will perform better.

When you want to learn a language, you practice speaking and writing. At first, your pronunciation is awkwardly terrible and you make all kinds of mistakes. But if you stick with it, you will get a feel for the language and its rhythm. You’ll start to enjoy conversing with locals and you’ll feel proud of your efforts when they respond to you in their language and not yours.

When you want to build a business, you create a product or service, and then spend months or even years getting it out into the public’s eye. Some businesses are overnight sensations, but these can be a flash-in-the-pan and disappear as quickly as they came. A real business, with lasting success – the kind of business that becomes a household name – comes from cultivating great relationships, and becoming known for your services, integrity and value… which takes time.

I hope these examples show you the importance of patience and perseverance. Whatever is worth it, is worth waiting for.

The importance of patience and perseverance

That’s not to say that you can’t and won’t experience some benefits immediately, even if you don’t experience stillness, or you feel like your thoughts are out of control the whole time.

Some people do experience “something” right at the beginning – but what that is, is impossible to predict or replicate. One may feel exhilaration. Or peace. Or be flooded with inspiration. Or feel a tingling in their body.

Or, they may feel absolutely nothing. And that’s okay.

If you feel relaxed after your first meditation session and that’s all you feel, then that’s great – you got to relax for a bit, and your body and mind appreciated it.

If you felt agitated or guilty while you were meditating, but you stuck with it for the duration of an entire LifeFlow track, then congratulations – you showed discipline, which will improve as you continue with your practice.

If you couldn’t sit through the whole meditation, then you can still benefit! Building awareness of your resistance to it, gives you the power to overcome the resistance so that you can cultivate what can be the most beneficial habit you can ever adopt.

If you stick with it, meditation will change your life. Please remember that habits take time to establish, and that new neural connections take time to form. Your ways of thinking will change, but not overnight. Your ways of perceiving the world will change, but there’s a lot to the world – a lot of beliefs about the world, you, and your place in it – and it takes time to change those beliefs so that they support you instead of hinder you.

It takes time to master the mind, to where it serves you and doesn’t own you.

So relax. Savor the process. It’s FUN to be a beginner when everything is new and filled with potential.

Absorb it all like a sponge. Enjoy getting to know yourself better. There’s no rush. Meditation isn’t a contest about who will become enlightened first. You can’t win at meditation. You can’t skip any steps to get there faster (where?). But, you can allow yourself to become present, joyful and at peace… If you don’t expect instant results.

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11 Comments

  • Terri

    Reply Reply August 31, 2016

    I truly connected with what you had to say. I have been meditating for 1 hour a day for about 6 months and it is changing my life! Sometimes I go into overwhelm, but I have been able to watch as this is happening and become more aware that I have choices.

    • Project Meditation

      Reply Reply September 1, 2016

      We’re so pleased for you Terri and wish you continued success with your meditation practice and observations.
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts – the Project Meditation team 🙂

  • Thank You

    Reply Reply August 31, 2016

    Yes, patience and enjoy the process; one will reap the rewards soon enough. This also applies to long term mediators a well.

    Thank You

    • Project Meditation

      Reply Reply September 1, 2016

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. They’re greatly appreciated! – the Project Meditation team 🙂

  • jai

    Reply Reply September 1, 2016

    Thankyou for your wonderful inspiration xx

    • Project Meditation

      Reply Reply September 1, 2016

      Its’ a pleasure Jai. Thank you for your support – the Project Meditation team

  • Patricia

    Reply Reply February 1, 2017

    Please tell me more about the agitation which comes up.

    • Project Meditation

      Reply Reply February 2, 2017

      Hi Patricia, the agitation and guilt referred to in the article might be in relation to negative thoughts and or emotions as these will be distracting.
      Do not despair at times like these. The brain works in mysterious ways and is simply re-organizing things. Your job is not to get attached or involved in the distractions.
      Hope that helps and we do hope you’ve enjoyed the article. Namaste – the Project Meditation Team 🙂

  • lautjii

    Reply Reply February 4, 2017

    practice, [practice] my words are like a ching. ching word= word, obsolete desire to improve which gets me into some battle, I surrender each day. relience. (try)
    better tomorrow. and hopely. sananta ,***sponge*** is exactly what i wrote about my mind. and this perfectly fits… YOU are perfect as you are,

    some prisoner of mind. thinks vanity one day could vanish pain. but I doubt **** that angel ((( not me)))))

    let’s keep the abundance of love glowing. ***

    and growing .

    thank you MEditation team
    one love

    • Project Meditation

      Reply Reply February 6, 2017

      Thanks so much for your thoughts and comment Lautjii ….. it’s very much appreciated!
      Namaste – the Project Meditation Team 🙂

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