Habit Building Tip
Greetings, meditator friends!
We've explored a variety of strategies to help you build a daily meditation practice, including knowing your "why" for making this effort.
Whatever your reasons may be, I would like to offer an additional reason: being more happy.
Daily happiness can be elusive. Obstacles present themselves and our desires are often thwarted by things not working out the way we would prefer. Even when things are good, our minds come up with ways of how it could be better, leading to a sense of dissatisfaction.
Meditation is an exercise in familiarizing ourselves with our internal dialogue and noticing patterns. When we're aware of the types of thoughts that lead to dissatisfaction, we realize that we don't have to believe them.
Meditation is also an exercise in acceptance. We don't have to like what's happening in any given moment, but when we practice, we strengthen our capacity to be interested and curious and willing to be with what is.
I believe that this clarity and acceptance allows us to be happier in everyday moments, and predisposes us to appreciate what we have rather than bemoan what we don't.