The more I meditate the more I realize how important it is not only to stay present in the moment, but also not to force things. We live in a world of instant gratification, which can breed impatience. When we want something we often times expect to have it instantly.
When I began meditating, I felt instant relaxation and ease of mind. But I also had unrealistic expectations that a few guided meditation sessions would permanently wipe out any and all of my anxiety. I got carried away with the idea of achieving instant zen. How many times have you started a new exercise routine and expected to see results within a few sessions? Or perhaps you’ve changed your diet and expected to feel miraculously better after a couple days. I’ve been there. We’ve all been there.
As with most great things in life, a holistic, healthy lifestyle is a journey, not a destination. I’ve come to realize more and more that a “quick fix” attitude won’t get me to where I ultimately want to be. Consistently implementing healthier choices into my daily routine isn’t always easy, but the rewards I’ll hopefully reap from my longterm efforts will make it all worthwhile.