Life feels like it’s going from bad to maybe worse but at least just as bad. I want to write and don’t. I keep thinking I want a little chronology here, that I need to say more about March and style school before moving on to April, May, June, July. I mean, these notes don’t have to be chronological, and bouncing around is fine—I’m just not sure how to get into the big stuff until I have time/energy to think about the big stuff.
For now, let me say this. Everything I’ve been trying out—therapy, meditation, style school—is pretty much some form of cognitive behavioral therapy. Not necessarily trying to change the things themselves, but my reaction to those things. I can’t change the family I was born into or what I didn’t get as a kid. I can’t change my mother or her behavior. I can’t change my body much, and if I want to, why do I want to? I need to somehow stop clinging to the past and worrying about the future. Breathing. Accepting. Embracing the good in the moment. Being kind to oneself. Seeing oneself and letting go of judgment.
This shit is hard. It’s just easier to criticize myself.
Earlier in the year, pre-covid, my therapist suggested I try a free 21-day Deepak Chopra meditation, hosted by Oprah Winfrey. I tried it, I did the whole thing, I liked it. Another freebie was recently offered, and I find I’m not into it. Different host, which is fine—all the host does is say a few things and introduce Chopra—and I like the messages from Chopra, but the meditation time itself is making me really tense. Around day 9, I decided it was the music. Something very grating about the quiet, minor-key, new-agey notes puts me on edge. I wonder if the same music was used in the Oprah run, but I have no more access to those sessions. I said something to my therapist about it—she had told me she was doing this session too—but she said she had stopped early on because she wasn’t into it this time. Hmmmmm. She’d look into the music thing. [Update: She sent me a note today: “I listened again today and I agree. I wouldn’t even call what’s in the background music. It’s more like a whine in an annoying pitch.”] I’m going to listen to the last lessons and let the sitting part go. I’ll go through my Headspace tutorials again (I like that better) and maybe even decide that Headspace is worth money, even though I don’t have any money any more.