I was first introduced to meditation as a kid. Although it intrigued me, I didn’t earnestly take on the practice until later in life. It was when I plunged into my training to become a licensed clinical psychologist that I became committed to personal development. During that time, I learned that personal growth was one of the biggest benefits of meditation. As a result, meditation became a fundamental part of my everyday life. I refer to this level of unflagging commitment as earnestness. In this blog post, I'll explain what how earnestness and meditation work together.
Earnestness is the key to developing a practice that will work for you. Earnestness has two parts: First, you must believe in the overall benefits of meditation. Second, you must make it an important part of your life.
In my life, the side benefit I experienced from earnestness was what religious traditions rooted in Asia describe as “awakening.” This is the sense of being peaceful throughout the day—whether on or off the meditation cushion. When you approach meditation with earnestness, this ability to live 100% present and in the moment is accessible to you.
I guarantee that once you follow these two steps, you’ll grow to love meditation. In fact, if you’ve spent your life in pursuit of happiness, growth, spirituality, awakening or whatever you call it, I encourage you to add meditation to your daily life. Make it a priority, and I’m convinced that you’ll find what you’ve been looking for. In Christian traditions they call it, “A peace that surpasses all understanding.”
In order to develop a consistent meditative practice, you may have to let other things go. Maybe you’ll watch less TV, limit your time on your smartphone, or wake up earlier every morning—this is part of approaching mediation with earnestness. When you commit to meditation with earnestness, only then will you experience its benefits. Over time, you’ll develop a sense of “all is well.”
If you really want to develop and experience the wonderful, limitless personal growth that meditation provides—and has provided countless people for thousands of years—you have to be serious about it. You have to make the practice an essential part of your daily life. It may mean that sometimes, even when you’re tired, you still take 20 minutes to a half an hour to meditate. As a result, you’ll experience the benefits of mediation and all it has to offer.