The Point is Joy.

Last week, I started writing this blog post by creating a metaphor in which I compared meditation to scrubbing the bathtub.

Stay with me, here.

What I was trying to evoke (aside from the image, I suppose, of me cleaning my bathroom. Oy!) was the idea that, like cleaning your house or any of the tasks in our daily round, meditation is not something you can do once & you’re “done.” As soon as you “check it off your to do list” for the day, it magically reappears on tomorrow’s — you’re never “finished,” “achieved,” “accomplished,” or “arrived.”

This analogy — like my blog post — never made it off the ground, though, because it was driven solely by a sense of duty, discipline, obligation. I “had to” write this post. Like some days I feel like I “have to” meditate.

And even though you “should” meditate everyday. That’s not the point.

The point is joy.

I was feeling so stuck, I realize now, because my sense of joy was missing. Luckily, I came across this reminder today from Julia Cameron’s The Artists Way: “In the short run, discipline may work, but it will work only for a while. By its very nature, discipline is rooted in self-admiration. … We admire ourselves for being so wonderful. The discipline itself … becomes the point.”

Commitment to our highest aspirations — like a daily meditation practice — can only come at the invitation of enthusiasm, which Cameron describes as a “spiritual commitment, a loving surrender.” This enthusiasm, this joy is what keeps us coming back. See how it feels to practice, if you approach your daily yoga & meditation with a sense of excitement, play, and possibility, rather than obligation. See how life feels, when you approach each day with the same.

(And to see what meditation with enthusiasm looks like — you can practice along with me & a curious toddler here :))

xo Catherine