…”It” can be so challenging to not slip into self-judgment. When, you believe you’ve crossed some magical threshold and you can let your spiritual practices take a back burner. Ironically, this may happen even though you may be striving to “improve” your life.
The endeavor of entering seminary has been amazing for me. I’ve developed a deeper understanding and appreciation for an array of the world’s spiritual traditions. But, finding time to do my studies added another layer of busyness.
Next thing I know, old behaviors creep in…
…After a long day the couch and T.V. beckon.
As a mindfulness instructor, I know it’s not the T.V. that’s inherently evil. It’s the diversion instead of relaxation that causes harm.
Diversion is when you don’t make an effort to clear the mind and set down your obligations. Diversion is pleasant; but, it is ephemeral. Relaxation takes effort; but, it is cathartic.
Intrinsic relaxation is a skill. You don’t turn on music. You don’t do more–you subtract. There are an array of exercises for autorelaxation: yoga postures, shavasana, pranayana to name a few.
Paradoxically , it’s recommended to do something more engaging when the mind is busy (or if your newer). Move your mind around and it’ll settle down and focus.
As I share this, I remember a great quote, “put down the book [turn off the T.V, computer, device] and meditate”.
That’s what I’m going to do now.
2 thoughts on “When You Think You’ve Got “It”…”
Your post is right on, Avril. I wasn’t raised Baptist but I belive they call what you’re talking about “backsliding.” And it seems an apt term. So yes to meditation and no to Netflix before bed. Mark will not slide on his spiritual practice!
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