Guest Post: Michele Sammons
I've joined WOW! Women on Writing's blog tour for Michele Sammon's Little Book of Big Knowing for two posts. Today, I'm happy to share a guest post by the author herself as she tackles the topic of how to stay consistent with your mindful meditation practice. On May 1st, I'll be posting my review for this gorgeous, blue little book. You can check out all the other stops on the tour as well, with Michele's words to follow, then slip to the bottom for a link to WOW's blog where you can enter for a chance to win a copy of her book.
The Best Spiritual Tool to Use to Stay Consistent With Your Meditation Practice
I love to meditate. It is one of my favorite things to do. But when I first began meditating, it was HARD. Thoughts popped up demanding my attention, my to do-list would grow, and I would feel stuff—emotions that weren’t always pleasant.
Maybe you can relate?
You want a consistent meditation practice. You want to look forward to “sitting on your cushion.” You want to find sacred bliss. But, life gets in the way.
Frustrating, I know, but please don’t give up. Meditation is life changing. It opens you up to know that you are more than your physical body and stretches your perceived reality so that you come into contact with the Divine.
Consistency is the key to a successful mediation practice, and it’s helpful to track your experiences to prove to yourself that meditation is “working.” If you believe your meditation practice is useful, then you will keep it up.
I use a Meditation journal to keep me consistent. I find it invaluable! I jot down insights and track my progress. This journal is only used to record my meditations. To keep my journaling from another thing I have to do, I make them short, sweet, and to the point.
If you would like to try keeping a meditation journal for yourself, follow these few helpful tips.
• Note the Date and Time of your Meditation. Tracking the time will help you determine when it’s easiest for you to meditate.
• When “reminders” of things I want to do (like buy dog food) pop into my head, I note them in the corner of my journal so I can let the thought go and return to my meditation.
• When ideas come about a blog post or workshop, I note them. Again, it allows me to release the helpful idea until later. Receiving guidance is one of the best bonuses of mediation that doesn’t get talked about much. Inspiration will flood your mind once you learn to quiet your thoughts.
• I also use my journal to track insights that I receive—teachings and understanding my Vibe Tribe explains to me. Insights take up the largest portion of my journaling because our Guides want to help us and meditation is one of the best times to hear them.
I hope you’ll try a meditation journal. It is one of my favorite spiritual tools.
Thank you so much for your advice, Michele! For the readers, if you're interested in entering to win a copy of her book check out WOW's kick off post for the book tour.
Is mindful meditation something you practice? Did any of her tips speak to you, or do you have some of your own? Let me know in the comments and I'll see you back next week with my review.
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