One of the greatest benefits of meditation is that it allows us to stop the insanity of our daily lives if only for minutes at a time. Have you ever stopped to notice how we are all essentially caught up in an endless tug-of-war with the way things are?
Think for a moment about just how easy it is for us to be driven out of the present moment by allowing our own likes and dislikes to intervene.
When something uncomfortable happens, we push it away or we move out of its way.
When something happens that we enjoy, we do our best to increase it or make it last.
Subconsciously, we don’t let the moments pass easily.
We primarily live in our own little mental universe that is occasionally (or these days, often) interrupted by our need to check our email or text messages.
As much as we claim we want to stay in touch with others, it comes at the very costly expense of being removed from ourselves.
What if instead of joining in on the endless tug-of-war, we try to counter these habitual tendencies? You know the ones. Pulling up a mindless news story or video as we sit waiting in the doctor’s office, keeping our phones on vibrate or notification mode so we don’t miss one single notification even when it interrupts a conversation we’re in the middle of with someone else, our attention or our thoughts.
Meditation begins by asking us to rest our minds and our bodies and to actually begin to pay attention to, rather than ignore, not only the shifting physical sensations in our bodies but also the mindless and seemingly never-ending internal dialog.
The fundamental purpose of meditation is not to create a comfortable hiding place for yourself but to acquaint your mind with the very nature of impermanence. It’s only then that the tug-of-war with the way things are - and the way things are NOT - will cease.
Join me in an upcoming Satsang House course offering titled "Mantra Meditation: A Personalized Transformation Journey." I'd love to join you as you discover what it is that's holding you back and begin to push through into your awakening.