No matter what you are healing from the path is never a straight line and believing any different is contrary to reality: We ebb, flow, rise and fall through life. When things are good it’s important to recognise that and likewise when things start to go off-piste. Personally, I struggle to find a balance between pushing myself to move forwards and remembering the small things that keep me grounded, well-balanced and healthy.
It’s a little ironic that the last post I wrote for this blog was about routine and the very things that I tend to neglect when I start to lose focus. I don’t think I’m alone in this. Most people would admit that life happens and those distractions mean they may not eat as well as usual or their sleep patterns get thrown off or they stop doing something they enjoy.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that even though it can feel like a step back, the act of noticing that you’re not looking after yourself as best you can, is in itself progress. When meditating you’re encouraged to notice when your mind wanders off on a thought trail, bringing yourself back to centre again and again.
It’s okay for things to slide a little, as long as you notice and do something about it. It’s not a failure. It doesn’t mean you have to start over again. It’s a process and every advance and every retreat is a success.