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May 13, 2019 21:42:26

10 years of meditation: What changed? Great question, hard answer.

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Jason Leow

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Yesterday, @brandonwilson asked me this question in response to a post I wrote about practising meditation for slightly over 10 years:

Ten years is a long time. What are the 1-2 aspects of your life that you feel have fundamentally changed over that time period that you attribute to your practice of meditation?

What a great question. I thought all day, reflected on my practice, wondered about what impact meditation had for me. I realised, despite having done year-end retreats and recaps for my life, I had not done much for the state of my spiritual practice. Quite humbled and ashamed by that realisation.

It's a great question but hard to answer, because it's hard to tell where meditation starts and where everything else I did begins. Because I do sitting meditation as part of larger spiritual practice, everything contributes towards well-being. Not forgetting to mention other daily acts of mindful, healthy living. 

Some other practices I try to do (with varying degrees of success of course!):

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» Working meditation - I use a mindfulness bell Mac app to remind me to come back to my breath every 5 number of minutes. Very useful to stop the disembodied experience of using a computer.

πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈ Walking meditation - enjoying the steps as I walk, during my commute, or on the way to anywhere

🍚 Eating meditation - choosing wholesome foods, savouring every morsel, and eating mindfully

πŸ“± Mindful consumption through the senses and mind - shopping, screentime, speech, listening, toxic articles, etc

❀️ Mindful, conscious lifestyle - a moral code that's Buddhist-inspired, from my time staying with monks 

So sitting meditation is just one of the few practices throughout the day. It's like different streams feeding into a larger river. Drinking from the river, it's hard to tell which stream it came from. It gets especially difficult to tell when it comes to the bigger things in life, like personal/spiritual growth, breaking old bad habits or emotional knots. But perhaps, there are some smaller, more immediate/superficial and physical indicators could be attributed to (sitting) meditation. I could share more in later posts.

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    @jasonleow stopping and realising is a big thing for me. If I pick up my phone, why? What do I hope to gain?
    If I'm heading to the fridge... Is this boredom or actual hunger?
    So it's a constant mindfulness thing.
    How do you observe your activities?

    Catherine Costa de Toledo avatar Catherine Costa de Toledo | May 13, 2019 15:50:15
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      @thekiwirose wow nice. Your mindfulness is strong! ;) I just try to 'catch' myself in a meta way. When I do, I come back to my breathing. But often the magic just lasts for a few seconds. Then on to the next moment when I catch myself....which sometimes can be many hours later!

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | May 13, 2019 22:53:47
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    @jasonleow Looks like I sent you down a rabbit hole..but I know you love it!

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 13, 2019 07:16:48
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      @brandonwilson indeed I do! All credits to you! I'm like Alice now lol falling down the rabbit hole. Let's see how deep this goes!

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | May 13, 2019 22:18:32
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