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A New Meditation Habit

For the next two months, I am going to meditate every day for at least five minutes. Because I am also starting a new job, this life change will set the stage for new summer habits. I am still figuring out the best time to do it, but after supper and evening activities seems like it will be the best time. Yesterday I meditated for twenty minutes, and I am going to do today's meditation after I post this. Based on the advice from this lecture by Kelly MacGonigal, I have analysed some of the times when I can see myself failing at this challenge. Some of these challenges include:

Now it is time for me to sit!

Getting Engaged

On Tynan

I couldn't believe that it was already time for dinner. Despite the fact that it was almost one hundred degrees in my RV, the kind of heat that ensures that my shirt is permanently damp, the time had flown by. Four hours had passed since I last consciously checked the time.Still, as hungry as I was, I didn't want to shut the lid on my computer. I sat back and looked at my work. I'd been so entranced by the details of it that I hadn't yet taken a second to see how everything had come together.

I felt amazing. But more than just feeling good, I felt that deep sense of warm satisfaction that few things besides achievement can create. I had spent the past hours fully engaged in the moment, challenging myself and creating something. I could sleep with the knowledge that the day had been used well. I knew that the next morning I'd wake up, remember how much progress I had mode, and could use that momentum to forge ahead.

A few weeks ago I saw Star Trek in the movie theater. I'm not a huge Star Trek fan, and in fact have never actually seen an episode, but I liked the movie. I wasn't bored once, which is a rare movie-going experience for me. I had fun.

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