What’s the best way to commit to a new practice?

I pulled the card “Imagination” today.  The ability to envision solutions to current struggles and challenges in my life.

I started journaling about how I’ve been wanting to join a band, but haven’t started reaching out to anyone yet.   I began thinking about the musicians that I admire.  

And then a quote by musician Harry Chapin (Cats in the Cradle) popped into my mind “Who are the people who make your life worthwhile? Usually the people who are committed to something. In the final analysis,  commitment, in and of itself, irrespective of whether you win or not is something that truly makes your life more worthwhile.”

It made me wonder, What am I committed to?  What gives my life meaning?  

It started feeling like a pretty heavy topic for me this morning.

Just writing those two questions made me want to take a break from writing in my journal.  But I wanted to explore further…

What is the meaning of my life?  This question is enough to give some people an anxiety attack.  I decided to look up “commitment”.

The dictionary gives 2 definitions.

 1.  The state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.

 2.  An engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action.  

These two definitions sure scream of contradiction, don’t they?  The first one sounds admirable and very attractive.  Something to want and need.  

But the second has the weight of a thousand elephants sitting on your chest.   It’s the feeling I sometimes get when I want to start something new, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to carry it out.

The first thing that comes to many of our minds around commitment is the commitment to another person. Marriage.  According to a quick google search “divorce rate”, about 50 percent of marriages end in divorce.  It’s amazing that so many people still want to try. 

But people are still getting married.  As a Justice of the Peace, I’ve loved every ceremony that I’ve been involved in. In 2017 there were about 2.24 million marriages in the US.  Commitment between two people remains very popular.  

What about commitment to one’s self?  What commitments have you made to yourself recently? 

Lots of people make New Year’s resolutions.  If you have a gym membership, just look around at how busy the gym is in January compared to say, September.  Diet success rates are definitely quite a bit worse than the divorce rates.  One article I glanced at put the US weight loss and diet control market at a value of $72 billion.  People are at least certainly committing their dollars to weight loss.  

In Harry Chapin’s “The Gold Medal Collection” album he talks about commitment and refers to a conversation with Pete Seeger.  Pete Seeger during his lifetime stood up for every major issue including world hunger, civil rights, environmental causes, international disarmament, and many more.  

His name is almost synonymous with protest music.   

Pete told Harry, “You know my involvement in a cause/benefit of marches and demonstrations, I’m not sure it has made a difference.  I can tell you one thing.  Involvement in these issues means you are involved with the good people; the people with the live hearts, the live heads and the live eyes.”  

We talk about starting a meditation habit in our starter kit…making the commitment to meditate regularly.

Some of us have made the commitment, others are still wondering how to fit it all in.

Rather than wondering or worrying about where it’s all going to end up…let’s focus on surrounding ourselves with a community that will inspire.  Let’s see who we meet along the way.

How inspiring to spend time with people with the same goals, the same vision!  The people who want to improve their lives and to reach their full potential. 

People who are willing to do the work and to make the commitment to self growth and exploration.

We’re excited to be here with you!

Enjoy a cup of tea,

Josh (and Kara)

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