How long does change take?
Now what happens after you start meditating? If you’ve had a really chaotic week and you feel tired and irritable then the game is on…. All of sudden it seems like the 30 minutes of meditation is too much—it takes too much of your precious time. It seems like nothing is happening, no change is occurring. Every moment of existence is a change happening. This includes the cells of your body to the farthermost reaches of the cosmos.
But “nothing’s happening” just means you need to try harder to tune into whatever is going on inside of you. That highly contagious molecule of change that you triggered when you began meditating has been busy. It is spreading and touching and transforming all of the other molecules around and in you. The more quiet you have inside you, the more you’re able to listen to your inner voice of knowledge, the better your life will be… It’s just waiting for you to tune in and notice.
Stay with your meditation practice, that small sense of quiet will begin to fill your presence. My father was a banker and would try to teach us to save our pennies. He would use a formula similar to the one below to encourage that growth..I hated math so all I did was translate it from math to ….”Just start small and end big…but you must start”!!!
This is a version like the example my father used…. of starting out with a penny and doubling it every day for 31 days. Here’s what you get at the end of each week:
Day 1: $0.01
Day 7: $0.64
Day 14: $81.92
Day 21: $10,485.76
Day 28: $1,342,177.28
Day 31: $10,737,418.24
So, in Dad’s version, at the end of the month you have over $10 million. The same is true with meditation practices but the key is how long it takes you to become aware and notice. If you ever take the time to observe your life you will become aware of the constant annoyances of daily activities. There’s cell phone, and email, useless trash talk, your dirty house, the need to feed the dogs, or all of the troubles at work and from friends dumping their woes on you. There are millions of things! Do not loose faith, the small quiet molecule formed by your daily meditation bounces around and changes you.
Once again it is all about awareness….The problem lies in becoming aware of change. In the example with the penny doubling, it may take you 31 days—when you already have $10 million in your pocket — before you notice that something has shifted and life is different. But it’s worth it, right? I’d say $10 million is worth it. Don’t give up on miracles five minutes before the miracle happens. Acquiring the discipline to stick with what you have decided to do to change your life and prepare to be amazed! I’ve always heard that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. Try my 30 day theory and watch the happy results if you truly tune in, tap in, and become aware.