When people first begin meditating, the sheer fact that they are meditating is sometimes enough to center them throughout the day (at least on most days). As a person continues in their practice, however, the true challenge comes when they begin to try to practice the principles of mindfulness in all their daily activities.
For those who have been meditating for a while, meditation isn’t so much what you do when sitting on your living room floor. Rather, it’s how you take what you learn and apply it to your life.
Ezra Bayda, in this Yoga Journal post, writes about the need for a person to remember the Three Pillars of Practice when it comes to meditation. According to Bayda, while the first pillar, a daily sitting and the second pillar, using meditation to push yourself are important, equally as powerful is how you connect your practice and integrate it into your life.
It’s important to have a daily meditation practice, to have a developing ability to see thoughts clearly, and to reside in our bodily experience. But having deep experiences during meditation is not enough. If we want to know how we’re doing in our practice, we have to examine our life. Unless we begin to connect it with the rest of our life, our practice—however strong, calm, or enjoyable—ultimately will not be satisfying.
Read more from Bayda on connecting the meditation dots here.