We all have changes we intend to make in life. We make plans to do more exercise, a healthier diet, meditation, save money, or go on romantic dates with our partners. Inevitably for many of us these plans often get derailed.
The most effective way is for staying on track with your intentions is simple - go by the book
Mindfulness Meditations for the Anxious Traveler:
“When we stray from our intentions, whether bringing mindfulness to experience or trying to be more forgiving and compassionate with ourselves, thoughts of failure can rain down: Great, I’m back at square one.
Mindfulness teaches us that no matter what the problem is, it can be worked with. We can always begin again
Let this knowledge support you in the moments of your day.”
When we fall off the wagon our mind starts to kick in with a parade of self-judgment, helplessness and hopelessness about ever succeeding with our intentions. Such recrimination is pointless.
The moment we recognize we are off course, is a moment we are in a “choice point” when we can decide to begin again.
The poet Kabir says, “Wherever you are, that’s the entry point.”
And the Turkish proverb says, ”No matter how far you have gone on a wrong road, turn back.”
So no matter what you’re trying to change in life, every time you stray whether it’s because you got sick, injured, depressed or just strayed for a reason you’re not aware of, you can always begin again.
It’s important to also investigate what brought us off track so we can learn from it and see it sooner the next time.
Take these words into whatever your intentions for change are.