Every journey has some guidelines, and this month of meditation and mindfulness is no exception. For me, it means committing to meditating every day and keeping an eye on expenses. It also means changing up my Habitica daily routines to do both of those things and more.
It means doing all of this in the real world. And while I don’t have kids, I do have eight hours of work Monday-Friday, and cats, and a house, and a yard to mow, and plants to bring in for the winter, and a weekend with mom, and a weekend in Indiana requiring travel, and seven days on call for work, and meals to have ready, and a thousand other day-to-day life things. To say nothing of having a blog post ready to go every single day.
So there’s no escaping this month to a mountain top to meditate. Sorry. Some may say that the real work of meditation is too esoteric to grasp, and that is true. But the work of meditation and mindfulness is also to make me a better person. And by virtue of improving myself, the world gets a little bit better, too. Meditation is an excellent tool to have in your suitcase while traveling your road of life in this chaotic, newsfeed hungry world.
These first few days of the month, it takes time for your feet to settle on the road of October, to find the groove of meditation and mindfulness, to remember how to do that every day all day. That’s why we’re starting with breathing. It allows you to relax, and not focus on the 10,000 other things that you have to do in life. So for today, whenever those things call, pause a moment and just breathe. Then take the first step.