The difference between my nerves before I started meditating and my nerves today has become too great to consider going back.
For about a year & a half, I have made meditation an almost daily practice.
But what I noticed the other day, very clearly, is that the effect of not meditating, even if it’s just for three minutes, is too great. The rest of my day is ‘off’.
Simply investing those few minutes in the morning has a kind of ‘activating’ effect; it lowers my stress level for the rest of the whole day.
Yes, the whole day; I’m able to easily fall back into a relaxed state many hours after the meditation is over, even if it has been a day full of external pressure & stress.
And so, there it is: the benefit has become too great to skip. It is no longer an almost daily, ‘optional’ practice; it’s a non-negotiable part of my life.