Your Pet Neurosis

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I am an avid meditator.

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you will know this. I have been cultivating a daily sitting practice for about four years now and let me tell you this shit has changed my life.

I have worked with a variety of different kinds of practice, primarily a silent, seated, open eyed method which is my favourite. I read and listen to whatever I can get my hands on about practice, as I am always eager to find news ways to deepen mine and cultivate more goodness from it for my own benefit. It’s really all about me primarily. Yes, it helps my husband and my kids have a better mom, and it improves my writing practice as I am able to see my creativity more clearly, which helps my readers as I am able to produce better content, but the truth of the matter is that I practice for myself.

I headed out to kill the second half of my exercise minutes this evening and I was listening to The Rich Roll Podcast episode where he interviews Dan Harris, the author of “Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics” and an anchor on CBS news. A lovely and enlightening conversation as usual, and towards the end Dan mentioned something that was suggested to him by one of his associates Jeff Warren as a way to create space between yourself and your neuroses, which incidentally you become very familiar with the longer you cultivate a meditation practice. He suggested naming them after the people that they remind you of. So, for example, I have a worrywart in my head that shows up pretty regularly. I could very easily name her Elenor for my beloved Nana who was a world champion worrier. My anger I could most certainly name after my Dad (Hi Dad!), and the list could go on.

I am going to embrace this and experiment with it this week. I will let you all know how it goes 🙂 I am sure I will have a list of neuroses to introduce you to by weeks end 🙂

Check out the podcast here, it’s definitely worth a listen.

Xo – S.

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