DAILY SPIRITUAL NUGGETS: 31 Days of Embracing the Practice – Day 10 “Overcoming the Obstacles During Meditation”
Meditative Thought: Whenever we set the intention to embrace a new practice, the ego steps in to protect us. It does not like change. It only wants us to remain the same. The ego is in fear that change might diminish its role. It moves into action, the reasons why the ego exists: to attack, protect, and defend. Because transformation is about shifting, and meditation is always the key to change, the ego will fight tooth and nail so it can remain as is.
When we sit down to meditate, the ego will begin to talk to us. It wants to make itself known to us. The mind and the ego begin to work together. At the moment when we are not thinking and we being to feel a second of peace, the ego will remind us of something that we have not done, like walk the dog, turn off the stove, or finish that work project. We will begin to think of our laundry or shopping list, and all the while our intention is just to stop thinking for a moment.
When we start to think during mediation, be aware of it. Bless the chatter and embrace it. Do not try to fight it; what you resist will persist. Let the ego know that you hear it and you will deal with it later and continue to breathe. Your practice will get better. Remember, there is no such thing as a bad meditation.
Your Spiritual Assignment: Today, be aware of when the ego is restless. Witness what happens when you sit down for a session of meditation. Do not judge; just be present. When the ego arises, speak gently to it and tell it you know it is there, then return to your session. Practice your witness consciousness whenever you are challenged and notice a shift within your practice.
Affirmation: Just for this moment…just for this breath, my life is the life of abundant blessings. Amen.
Skip Jennings, ALSP, CPT
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