I have, as I've mentioned before, been trying to find sometime in my day to listen to a backlog of zencast- at my most content and happy I manage one of the weekly broadcasts a day, but recently it's fallen back, and surprise surprise I am losing a lot of my life to anxiety and random crying.
But learning to meditate has been a hell of a lot of help when I manage to do it, and I'm determined to try and find the time more and more because falling into the present moment and losing existential anxiety is important for my mental well-being right now. And it's helped. It's helped a lot.
Zencast's particular Introduction to Meditation was great for me: guided meditations and lessons built up over 5 sessions to help me learn what to do, and I can't recommend those recordings enough.
But the main reason I'm taking a minute out of my current podcast listening to post is this; in the talk titled Being Present, Gil Frondsal talks about a way to approach a situation with 'what's right with this situation'? It's a viewpoint I should use more often; I'm so wrapped up in my inability to focus, in my transatlantic relationship woes, in my anxiety over my degree grinding to a halt, in the stress of flatmates moving out &c &c, that I'm not really focusing on what's right about my current situation.
I am actively involved in the process of teaching science to the public.
My family are all healthy, and all love each other.
My girlfriend never fails to make me smile.
There are a billion other things I could add, but there's three.And the bigger ones are 'will be's and that's not the point of the exercise. Besides I really want my friends to make be happy through osmosis
If you read this, I want you to comment or to post in your own space something about your current situation that's right. It might make you happy, it might just not make you sad, but it should be a thing you don't want to change if you can help it. No "soon I will" or "I have done". Present tense only.