I missed a day last week. For a minute, I considered letting myself off the hook but then had to say no to that idea. It would have completely defeated the purpose of this challenge. It's 365 days of meditation, consecutive. Not 364. Sadhana, a committed practice.
Yoga Sutra I.14
Practice becomes firmly established when it has been cultivated uninterruptedly and with dedication over a prolonged period of time.
So there. Commitment and effort are required over a prolonged period of time to build a solid practice and reap real benefits. I knew, I know. But sometimes it takes reminding. I took a few days out to regroup and to recalibrate my intention for this practice, and I am very fittingly restarting it tomorrow on the new moon.
Just as I originally pledged to myself on my birthday, I will meditate every single day for the next 365 days. Looking back over the last month or so, it was kind of a practice round. An opportunity to figure out what works for me (first thing in the morning, silent as opposed to guided) and what doesn't (other times of day, being too flexible), and what might be the best way to go about things in order to sustain this practice long term (set clear goal and keep them in front of my eyes).
Start date: 23 October 2014
End date: 22 October 2015
Bonus goal: 100 hours by the end of 31 December 2014
This time around there's an addition to the meditation. I am also joining in a group sadhana that was initiated at the Ibiza Shaktishop a couple of weeks ago. It's a daily practice to re-balance and strengthen the subtle body. More on that later.
To keep it really simple: I have tasted what life is like when I am really grounded and connected to my inner guide. I want my life to be that way as much of the time as possible and, in order to achieve this, I need to create a long-term sustainable practice that will facilitate this situation.
I take care of myself. I support and nourish my mind, body and soul. I am fully present in the now and deeply connected to my inner guide.