Observations from Practicing Mindfulness

telescopeAfter a couple of weeks of practicing, I have made some observations.

It is really hard to keep my mind focused on something for an extended period of time. And by extended, I mean over a minute.

There are very few moments in my day where I can take 10 minutes and not worry about being interrupted. That is a problem.

Having an agenda going into meditation (for lack of a better term), is not a good idea. Very often I get distracted by the agenda. And the harder I try to ignore the agenda, the harder it is to concentrate on my environment.

When I think about the past, I replay conversations that I had with others quite often.

Unfortunately, I have not collected enough data for what I would consider a full report. That is due to the problem with the constantly interrupted environment. Actually, let me correct that. My environment was not interrupted all the time. It had the potential to be interrupted all the time. Which is pretty much just as bad.

This makes me wonder how my life would be affected if I changed my environment to have that 5 or 10 minutes every day to meditate. And after thinking about it for a little bit, I have identified a few times within my day where I could have this time. I just need to make a conscious effort to leave for a little while. Or put down the computer. Or turn off the TV.

The most important observation that I have made is that after every session, I am more calm. I believe it is worth the effort to set up the time to practice to reach that calmer state of mind.

Photo courtesy of Ryan Wick 

Leave a comment