The year 2010 is nearly half over. I have meditated daily for 30 minutes consistently if not perfectly for 6 months.
It’s time to assess my own progress: I have entered a period in my life that is marked by experiencing myself as more whole, healthy, happy, grounded, centered, engaged, energetic, positive, loving, playful, present, alert, aware, appreciative, grateful, and full of equanimity, vitality, wonder, and compassion than I was before this year of meditation began.
Some things have remained the same from the start: I’m still working where I work and living where I live, although I have spent time really examining these two major components of life and I feel open to change. I know myself better and might make different choices now, and I can live with the choices I made in the past for the time being. I appreciate what these choices have allowed me to experience.
I’ve been fairly regular in weekly attendance at Appamada on either Wednesday night or Sunday morning and having a practice inquiry session (“meditation coacing”) with Peg each time.
I’ve continued my association with NLP: I finished assisting for the first time at Best Resources’ NLP practitioner training in April. It was more relaxed to learn it all the second time and to help newbies learn it.
I feel closer to my family than before.
I still go monthly for acupuncture and cranio-sacral work and every 3 weeks now for chiropractic treatment.
I still have my yoga practice.
Things that have gone by the wayside: I joined a gym in February. I went when the weather was cold. I haven’t been since late March. I should quit and save that money.
I also went to a couple of Flint Sparks’ classes at Appamada on the Diamond Sutra. Not sure why, but it just didn’t jell. I dropped out.
I’ve undertaken a few new endeavors since beginning this year of sitting: I agreed to be the program director for the Austin NLP meetup.
My friend Katie and I started a Peripheral Walking meetup here in Austin in January, and I assist her with our monthly meetup.
After 12 years of doing mostly Iyengar-based yoga, I began yoga teacher training this month. That’s a big commitment — in time and money. I’m deepening my practice and learning a skill and gaining a credential that I will use in my future.
I also committed to participate in the Zen precepts program at Appamada, which meets monthly for a year and includes journaling and self-observation. We’ve had one meeting so far. The course is based on the book Waking Up to What You Do. I will write more about this because it ties in with this blog really well.
I’m also taking part in an advanced NLP study group taught by Keith Fail on strategies.
So I’m full, overflowing even, with wonderful activities, learning, and sharing.
I know myself better and see a path into my future that I like, and that path leaves a lot of space for the Universe to teach me as well.
If those of you who know me in person or who read this blog notice anything that I’m not noticing, please feel free to bring it to my attention in the comments.
Hi Mary Ann – How wonderful to honor all that you are doing. Your blog exemplifies the creation of the sacred in life. I can’t help notice how so many of the endeavors you’ve become active with are ones that I have too. I’m filled with delight with your interests, fullness and happiness with the Universe. May you have many more wonders. Wow – your lists of the wonders from your 1/2 year of sitting are lovely. Can I send your blog to my meditation students?
Yes, by all means! Yes! Thank you for your kind attention, Diana. We ARE on similar paths, and you have been a great inspiration to me as well.
I notice a calm and clarity in your writing and your personal presence. It was there before, and it’s deepening.
Thank you, Katie. I see you at least weekly most of the time, and I know you are a good observer. This means a lot. I’m grateful that you noticed.