Now is a good time
I sat facing 4x4 rows of big-eyed people sitting in metal folding chairs, and I thought to myself, "This is exactly where I want to be."
Blankets and bolsters strewn about, these new yoga teachers in training were ready to learn about meditation.
Within the first ten minutes, several people cried.
We heard how this training felt extremely important to them for some reason, but that they were overwhelmed at the reality of juggling training with their jobs and families.
By the end of the day, these same people expressed how excited they are to know WHY they were in the training after all.
Seven hours of studying meditation with me and they now know they can do it and feel fully committed!
Wonder what changed?
Well, most importantly it was the experience of meditating.
But a real game-changer was talking about attitudes for practice. They realized that specific struggles with their minds are struggles that are shared by all of us.
That their own minds aren't all that different, and that's most reassuring.
Here's an example, have you ever told yourself you'll complete a whole bunch of things on your to-do list, but only have time for half, and then feel bad about it?
We all do.
It's natural to the mind to strive to accomplish, plan, and strategize.
It's painful though, without the ability for the opposite of striving, non-striving.
Mindfulness practice is different from other things that we do, the only goal is to be who you are.
It's in just being-ness, here-ness and now-ness that the mission is accomplished.
It's growing an inner attitude of non-striving that helps us be with whatever us happening.
Try experiencing just being, and what you do do will come out of that being.