We will continue where we left off in Step 1. If you have practiced the breathing and attention techniques you are familiar with the sensations that occur within your body and the thoughts that run freely.
Perhaps you gave up at the first or second attempt? This is normal. When I first began practicing I swore it could not be done, that those who claimed it worked were lying or were special beyond normal. I left it alone for a few years and then one day was re-introduced to the technique, more than once. It seemed to be the word of the year.
Give yourself permission to be lousy at meditation. Remind yourself it is not something you normally do and like learning any new skill it takes time and practice. Anyone that is an expert in their field will tell you that practice and perseverance were critical to developing their skills.
Desire is the only requirement for any endeavor. If you desire to learn, you will. Desire breeds willingness and perseverance. Let it become your best friend.
Remember to just notice, do nothing. Now for Step 2 to practicing mindfulness.
If you are keeping a journal, make a note of what your felt. The thoughts that arose for you. Write them out, notice how you feel, include this in your journal.
There are plenty of benefits to practicing mindfulness beginning with stress reduction. Hence a multimillion dollar industry continues to flourish.
You are the master of your life, in control and yet not in control. A paradigm and paradox. The choice is yours. You have free will. Remain as you are, put forth no more effort to change or improve your health. No one can force you. Keep spending money on gurus, conferences, books, and keep reading without practice. Osmosis… Sooner or later your life will change. Guaranteed. Change is inevitable. The type of change is your choice.
I am not trying to be harsh or heartless, just factual. These are the facts, change is inevitable, but you get to choose. Let me repeat this: YOU GET TO CHOOSE.
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Peace be with you.