I’ve dedicated an increasing amount of time to meditating over the past six month, starting with just 1 minute at a time. I’m now up to 10 minutes each day. My goal is 20 minutes twice a day. Even with just 10 minutes a day, I’ve experienced some pleasant effects:
3. I don’t get super angry. When I meditate briefly before composing an angry response, or before flipping out at someone, I usually find a way to be constructive.
6. I find it easier to exercise. I usually cap my meditation practice by visualizing the rest of my day. By seeing myself working out, I’m more likely to do it.
7. I forgive myself (and others). When I meditate, I’m just being quiet, breathing, and, well, being. I’m not trying to be more or less than what I am, and when my mind wanders, I respond by saying to myself, “That’s ok, buddy. You’re trying. Just keep trying.” I take this attitude with me during the rest of the day, so when I say or do something stupid (which is all the time), I don’t flagellate myself, but I will see where I can do better. I extend that thinking to others, so I can now get beyond judging people and holding their own prejudices or limits against them.