One of my professors at BYU taught a class for the graduating TESOL graduates. He taught a segment about how to create personal mission and vision statements, to help you see what is important to you and what you need to do to keep those things in perspective. This is important for any professional to understand so that they keep themselves from burning out. He shared a talk by President Hinckley titled "Life's Obligations", about leading a balanced life.
In it President Hinckley talked about four important obligations: 1. to
your vocation, 2. to your family, 3. to the Church, and 4. to yourself. About our obligation to ourselves, President Hinckley said, "Our
lives become extremely busy. We run from one thing to another. We wear
ourselves out in thoughtless pursuit of goals which are highly
ephemeral. We are entitled to spend some time with ourselves in
introspection, in development."
The full article can be found here. I feel like I do a bad job sometimes of making time for personal introspection and development. Yeah, I have a lot of time for myself, but a lot of my personal time is spent on either my master's project or entertainment. My time is full of reading, researching, materials writing, listening to radio, watching TV. But I think that I would see some good rewards in my life if I took more time to meditate and reflect. This has been something I've thought of doing for a long time, but I have never implemented it.
So that is my personal goal for March. I am not going to try to meditate every day. I know that would be setting myself up for failure! But I think that I will try to do it 4 days a week, for just 10 minutes. I am going to put a chart up on the magnet board in my kitchen, where I can see it and be reminded to take that time (I am so motivated by charts!).
Have any of you taken time to meditate regularly? What positive/negative results have you seen? Any suggestions for how to do it?