A definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. And yet, how many times do we do this in our lives?
Until we change something, nothing changes.
That's where we sometimes overreact and over compensate. Rather than making a small change, we go big. We want to lose weight, so we exercise daily and limit everything we eat. We want to create more income, so we work as much as possible. We want to connect better in our relationships, so we start communicating all the time. (You get the picture.)
We over do it, forgetting that a little bit can go a long way.
When we commit to a small change inadvertently a lot can change. When we aim too high, go too big, the change doesn't always last. After all, we can only sustain working out for 10 hours a day for so long.
That's true of meditation too. Often when people begin to meditate, the goal starts with big insights, immediate and noticeable peacefulness, and the mind quieting at first attempt.
What unfolds sometimes looks very different -- perhaps even including frustration, dozing off, and to do lists getting finalized...sound familiar?
So, let's change something. Let's change the expectation. Meditation is not a quick fix. It is about noticing, being present to receive, increasing awareness, and creating space to be. When you do this daily, even if for only 30 seconds a day, things change. Perhaps you don't go from being the low man on the totem pole to CEO overnight, however, a shift begins. As you continue to build the thirty seconds of meditation into your day, it may develop into a minute or five minutes, and things will continue to shift, why? Because of physics. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. You have changed something. You have created space for something new, something different. It's only logical something else will show up.
If you are looking to change something, how about making it a small change - add 30 seconds of meditating a day or each week. 30 seconds. That's it. Start simple. Start small. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, give yourself a grounding cord (a line of energy, a tree trunk, whatever image or visual that pops up) from you to the center of the earth, another breath and done. Easy peasy.
As we do.