Day 7: Where to go From Here?
Welcome to Day 7! Today is the last day of our week together. What a journey it’s been!
I’d like to thank all of you for participating in this group. It’s been a great experience!
The goal of the 7 Day Meditation Kickstart program was twofold:
- to help you to overcome some of the hurdles that may be preventing you from meditating daily
- to teach you the basics about what mindfulness actually is and how to effectively develop it through the practice of meditation
With the support and encouragement of all of you here, I think we’ve been very successful at achieving both of these. Well done!
Now, I know what it’s like to join a group like the 7DMK, achieve new goals, and then fall back into old patterns after the group finishes and daily life takes over.
It can feel very demoralizing.
I know that many of you have the desire to continue with your daily practice, but may have some doubts about your ability to stick with it after today. In fact, I would say that making meditation a consistent, daily habit is one of the most difficult parts of the practice! But, if you just take it week by week, it’s manageable and before you know it, you’ll have a shiny new daily meditation habit!
Here’s some tips that have helped my other students and may help you, too:
1. Keep up your daily practice, and keep supporting each other
I’m going to leave this FB group up (for as long as FB allows) so you can continue your daily meditation and posting here for as long as you wish. If you want to make meditation a part of your life, a daily habit that you can rely on no matter how crazy life gets, then I strongly encourage you to take full advantage of this opportunity to keep your motivation high and build that new habit!
2. Renew your commitment each month
I typically run the 7DMK about once a month (occasionally more frequently, sometimes less). Every time a new 7DMK starts, you can participate in it again right here, without needing to go through the rigamarole of re-registering! This way, every month, you can renew your commitment to your practice, while at the same time helping and encouraging a new crop of shiny-eyed meditators who are going through this for the first time =-)
3. Check your inbox for weekly tips and inspiration
To help you keep up your practice, I’ll also be sending you an email about once a week when I publish a new post or video on my blog.
I’m hoping that you’ll use this regular publishing schedule to reaffirm for yourself the benefits of your meditation practice and that it will help you stay motivated to keep it up.
If you’d rather not receive these emails, no worries! Simply click on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any email you get from me.
4. Take a course
I’ve done my best to give you a basic level of understanding about what mindfulness is and how to develop it effectively using Noting Practice. I’ve also tried to answer your questions and help clarify any confusions you may have about the practice, but I know that some of you still have more questions you’d like to ask =)
If you’re intrigued by the possibilities of mindfulness and you’d like to learn more, I offer a couple of different online courses (one for beginners and another for more experienced students) that may be just what you’re looking for.
These courses are designed to provide you with the following:
- Straightforward, precise meditation instructions, so you know how to practice correctly
- Support and encouragement to help you make your meditation practice a daily habit
- Guidance on how to take mindfulness off the cushion and systematically apply it to all areas of your daily life
Wherever your meditation journey takes you, I encourage you to keep practicing! You’ve shown yourself during this last week that you can do it. Keep going!