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I’m not sure what it is about these cusp birthdays (i.e. 18, 20, 21) that suggests one ought to have felt a light turn on inside. I’m referring to some switch that would flood the mind with clarity, the kind that washed away all overchewed adolescent anxieties. This craving for a clear conscience blooms out of a confused one - one that’s not sure who to listen to anymore. All a person is left to do then, is to turn to himself, only to realize that his own voice is just an echo of all the souls that proceeded: school and its knowledge, adults and their dogmas, the poets and their rom-antics.
The mind that is free from passions is a citadel, for man has nothing more secure to which he can fly for refuge and repel every attack. — Marcus Aurelius
Are you wanting to begin an meditation practice, but don't think it's "for you"? Maybe you have days you are just so busy that you skip meditation, subsequently feeling guilty afterward. Or, perhaps you just cannot sit and meditate without planning your grocery list or wondering when Outlander will return. Is it a part of your self care and mindfulness practice that you just can't get on board with? Regardless of the reason you think you can't, there are other ways to bring yourself into awareness and focus on your goals and what you want to send out. Even if you've got the attention span of a drunk squirrel. Here are 3 steps to making sure you're keeping your shit together, regardless of seated meditation..
On the second level of my home, there is a room that I enjoy spending some quality time in. Even though the room is very small, I consider this room incredibly special to me. It is a Thai temple inspired room which was set up with love and tenderness, thanks to my mother. This amazing room is literally one of the corner rooms of the house. I call it the Buddha Room.
We have been in the grip of the pandemic for nearly a year. It really feels quite incredible to think this has been going on for so long. It’s also crazy to think that this time last year we were still living normal lives. But aleady the storm clouds were gathering.
The whole essence of meditation is paying attention to your work, your relationships, and other situations. That's the actual sense meditation.
When she holds back her tears, it gets stuck in her chest. Her chest feels tight, as her breath feels short. Words come out without depth. Her heart feels hollow, her arteries feel narrow.
Now that you have learned the ABCs of Meditation, don’t think it is game over already. Actually, the game has just started now.
The reality can be revealed to you in simple language. Your efforts for peace, health, and spiritual enrichment are addressed in these sessions. This online session is so essential and has, in fact, become easier to conduct Satsang(spiritual gathering) and meditation to anyone from around the world!
Being a millennial myself, I understand the struggle of living with a hyperactive mind. Thoughts are always darting around, piling up in our heads. Our minds have been blessed (maybe also cursed) with the ability to multitask and focus on a million things at once. It's easy for us to feel like SpongeBob in this scene:
As the founder of Soto Zen shares, “Put aside the intellectual practice of investigating words and chasing phrases and learn to take the backward step that turns the light and shines inward” (Baldoquin p 179). Thanks to the way our society works, we are molded to fill our heads with all of the wrong things. From the very beginning we are made out to waste precious time focusing on words and phrases that are essentially taking us down the wrong path. Our minds are filled with clouds consistently as we work our way through the ingrained process of socialization. “Great is the matter of life and death. Awake, awake. Don’t waste time” (Baldoquin p 180).
Meditation “We already have everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement” (Chördön). I grew up a dancer, from age two my mother put me in my first ballet class and I have not been able to stop dancing since. Dance had always been a form of release for me. Looking back at it now, it was probably the first form of meditation I ever practiced. Considering it was the only time my mind was still and there was no need to judge any emotion that arose, it all found its own place in my movements. However, this passion began to dwindle with the intensity of competitive dance. It became this process of constant self-improvement, an seemingly race against other performers just as well. It lost the passion, it lost the meditative state, and it became another stressors in my life. That is just why I love Pema Chördön’s quote, because there is no need for self-improvement, we already have it all. That is what the continuation of my mediation practice has proven to me. “The practice of meditation is based, not on how we would like things, but on what is” (Trungpa).