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Meditation Failure. Meditation Success?

Thirty-three days.

That is the number of days I meditated in a row.

I was on an every day streak.

Until yesterday.

Now I am back to zero.

I had every intention of meditating. But I had meetings all day through lunch and every second I had planned to do so, I didn’t. I can come up with a million and one excuses.

None of them matter.

Here’s why I failed: I didn’t make the extra time.

It’s not enough to want to meditate.

You have to make time to meditate.

You have to go through with it.

I could have easily found FIVE MINUTES to meditate.

I failed because I was lazy.

Because I consciously chose not to meditate. I chose failure.

I didn’t do my best. I didn’t try to squeeze it in. I got lazy. In the spur of the moment, I decided I subconsciously didn’t care enough.

I failed because I didn’t do my best.

Lazy sucks. Admitting you did wrong, that sucks even more.  There’s no end to how it all stinks.

Now I’ve got 21 days to start over again. 21 more days to really mediate, to make time for meditation, to set a daily time for meditation–and stick with it.

I may have failed yesterday, but I think I will win in the long run. I know have a greater appreciation for my meditation. Better understanding of what I miss when I DON’T meditate.  And know a bit more about myself, which is really one of the purposes of meditation in the first place.

There is a popular phrase: “success through failure.”

And so, I will not be deterred by my failure yesterday.

I shall learn from it, use it, and be a better and more dedicated meditation practitioner for, hopefully, years and years to come.

When have you failed at something, only to come back stronger?

Check out this interesting NY Times piece, “What if the Secret to Success Is Failure?”  In this 2011 popular Education article, the NY Times article by Paul Tough examines the qualities that make up a person’s character–and what character traits are best suited for long term success. “Randolph wants his students to succeed, of course — it’s just that he believes that in order to do so, they first need to learn how to fail”

 Image from Gretchen Rubin’s wonderful Happiness Project

Can you succeed without failure first?

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