Today, I practiced a variation of a technique known as focused attention meditation (aka concentration meditation). While one's focus can be target toward an external object or body part, I like to focus my attention on a short quote or mantra. I like this form of meditation because my needs change daily--all of ours do. On a Monday, we might need a little extra motivation; on a day with a high-stakes meeting, we might need an added boost of confidence; and on a day during which we have a big presentation, a reminder to remain calm might be needed. Today (and most days), I needed compassion.
After today, I've successfully fulfilled my three day commitment to guided meditation, and am now ready to move on. I can remember a time when I loved guided meditation encouraging relaxation and positivity, but much like I've outgrown my attraction to 'thugs' (as a disclaimer, I grew out of that phase in high school), apparently I've also outgrown my attraction to having a charming accent step me through my meditation.