Worried about your meditation practice? Are you making progress? And is it worth it?
Assess your practice by asking yourself the following questions by Joseph Goldstein:
- Are you less immediately reactive in difficult or stressful situations, both in meditation and in life?
- Overtime, are you generally becoming aware of the wandering mind, more quickly in the sittings?
- In daily life, the feeling of rushing is a good feedback that we’re ahead of ourselves not beings settled back in our bodies, do you find that your rushing less often or becoming aware of it, more quickly?
- Is there more awareness with your speech, perhaps refraining a little more frequently from angry or judgmental speech?
- Is there a little more openness in being with other people, more willing to listen?
- Are you becoming a little more familiar with the qualities of calm and concentration in the practice?
- Are you using the tool of mental noting, is it becoming a little more continuous, at least for periods of time? Is the tone of the note becoming softer?
- Is there a little more ease in being with whatever arises in your meditation practice, simply noting it for what it is?
- Is it a little easier to sit longer?
- Are you becoming somewhat more aware of the changing nature of all experience and holding onto things a little less?
Source: As told by Dan Harris in his Ten Percent Happier Podcast #184, click here for more information.