I’m such a poor meditator. I resist sitting - in groups or alone-- as much as I resist the alarm clock, cold showers, and other such things that take me out of my comfort zone.
I should love it. Really. I should. For a year and a half I lived in a community where we sat together in meditation every day of the week. Once, with a Buddhist monk as our teacher, we sat all
day, every day, for an entire week in silence. We walked and ate mindfully. At the end of the seven days, our eyes were clear and we saw each other from one of the deepest places of acceptance and love I've ever experienced. I’ve led walking meditation practices with Natalie Goldberg (author of Writing Down the Bones) with groups of writers at writing/meditation workshops in Taos, New Mexico.
As a practitioner of conscious living, I know the benefits of meditation --- how it quiets the mind and focuses my awareness in the true spirit of "Be Here Now." Yet I continue to resist sitting like I resist exercise. Like I resist writing. Like I resist so many things that enrich and nurture my life, yet find so difficult to cultivate as a habit.
Day 1 of the #31DMC challenge begins with an interview with Oxford professor Mark Williams whose research has shown that mindfulness has been just as successful in treating depression as antidepressants. He speaks in detail of his research and practice in An Introduction to Mindfulness by Professor Mark Williams.