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29. February, 2016Meditation No comments

finding time to meditate every day

You haven’t a moment to meditate. It’s a great idea if you could manufacture finding time to meditate every day. Yet, the purpose, the only purpose, of meditation is to be present to life, your life, exactly as it is now. And if that life is harried then that is your practice. This life of yours, this life of mine, are the only lives we have; perhaps the only lives we will ever have. Awareness in this moment, called presence, is the practice. What we call meditation is simply the training.

The Sensation of Joy

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Recently something occurred that filled me with joy. My body lit up and my heart felt light. Trying to hang on to that glorious feeling I was reliving the event in my head. I just wanted the sensation of joy to stay longer in my body. But the story was just a story, my version of ‘something that happened.’ Letting go of the story I was simply present to the physical vibration of happiness.

Suddenly I recalled an incident from several years ago. In the middle of the night I had awakened to a thousand lights sparkling and filling the room. I sat up, checked the outside, but there was no earthly explanation. They were an amazing sight, each twinkling on and off with its own rhythm. They were alive; tiny entities of unceasing unmitigated ecstatic joy had come to celebrate a special event with me.

Looking back, the reason for my happiness then is insignificant to me now. But, like a resonance of physical sensation, the sensory feeling of my happiness now had allowed that similar feeling and its memory to surface. This, I thought, this is what it’s like to be present.

Being Present Through Meditation

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Of course it isn’t. Yesterday, I was tired with a sore throat and it wasn’t so easy to enjoy the moment. These sensations were unpleasant and my ego-judge went into gear complaining that I was wasting a perfectly good day getting nothing done. As if the physical sensations weren’t already depressing, my superego knew how to join the fray.

And so it goes. Feelings come and go. Sensations come and go. Meditation isn’t about being special, different, or better than someone else. In its right understanding meditation teaches us to be ordinary. Being present is as ordinary as it gets. If you aren’t so sure about that, watch a dog chasing a stick. Totally present, totally mundane.

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We like the special moments but they pass. We don’t care for the misery and mostly it passes, too. When you are present you realize there isn’t much happening besides buying groceries and fixing a meal. Even a high powered broker is filling out forms and hitting send. Being present is living an ordinary life in harmony with one’s place. And that brings us back to being harried. Whether your life is rushed or slo-mo it’s still about doing what is in front of us to do with attention to the task and intention to do it well. It isn’t about trying to get someplace other than this moment here and now.

In an ordinary life we can be filled with joy or sadness or anger without expecting we should be feeling something else. We can be aware of ourselves and focus our attention on someone else and what they have to say. We can have 50 things to do and observe a hummingbird.

Understanding Physical and Emotional Pain

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In developing the capacity for presence, pain and misery are friends. Happiness sneaks out the door early but physical and emotional pain have a way of demanding attention and staying late. Try as we might, they call us repeatedly to notice them. For some time, I have been carrying the weight of a sad and painful situation within my family. It makes its presence known in my heart and with every breath I take. In this way, my tolerance for the sadness grows, the wound heals, and the weight I carry is lighter.

A living practice is about being in relationship with what is happening this moment. Over time, this process will reveal to us the unseen forces that shape our behavior. We will know the right action to take; we will see the places to bring potential good to reality. With awareness, what we are aware of expands.

The sages have said that the odds of an opportunity to live a human life are like that of a single grain of sand being plucked from the beach. It comes to this: If we have no quiet moment to meditate, we must then live with all our attention this moment we have. It is all we will ever have and it is precious.

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