What is a Meditator of Convenience?
The interesting thing about mindfulness and compassion practices is we don’t realize the full benefit on and off our cushion unless we actually do the practices as intended. While some immediate benefit is usually always actualized during the sitting, the real juice comes from a sustained practice over time, as the benefits spill over into the rest of our lives. This is where being a Meditator of Convenience can backfire and produce the opposite results—namely, make it more difficult to accept life as it is. Acceptance is key to releasing the pressure and pain of expectation in our lives and our ability to experience more emotional freedom and choice in response to life's offerings.
If you find yourself making excuses to not practice--your too tired, too hot, too hungry, don't have time, etc.--you, too, may be battling symptoms of the Meditator of Convenience syndrome. Here are some simple guidelines to help you:
As the official resolution-setting time of year nears, referring to these tools to help you shore up your commitment and success and will have you embodying the benefits of a mindfulness practice more fully in no time. Your Meditator of Convenience will turn into a Meditator of Strength and Resolve.
JoAnn Saccato, MA is a mindfulness teacher, author, life coach, educator, and consultant in Northern California. She is author of Companioning the Sacred Journey and the forthcoming Mindful and Intentional Living: A Path to Peace, Clarity and Freedom