When it comes to writing for my blog, I sometimes feel stymied – thinking about the subject that is my interest, well, everything that can (or should) be said, seems to have been.
Meditation is my interest, passion more likely. And, often, I see that treated as the latest hip, slick and cool thing to do, or to claim one is involved in. There are all kinds of challenges, retreats, spas, etc., all having the latest take on meditation and very, very expensive -guessing here that this would be the benchmark for how valuable it is – not to me.
Nothing wrong with making a living, but it does seem, to me, these days that every idea, every word that comes out of anyone’s mouth is fodder for a new enterprise. The first consideration – how much can we charge, how much would people tolerate paying? How and to whom do we market? It sickens me. I see meditation often marketed as an opportunity for greater prosperity – do this, this way and you’ll be a millionaire in a month. Oh, please.
What about, learn to think, learn to think for yourself what your own thoughts truly are and feel better. What if learning to think and know your own thoughts allowed you to be more at ease in yourself and in your relationships. What if you had more of you, a deeper, more centered you in all areas of your life. That’s the meditation I’m talking about. I have no concern or intention to turn anyone into a millionaire. Billionaire is the target now, isn’t it?
It’s a simple process, a simple truth – doesn’t require a commitment to a lifelong guru, surrendering your will or identity to another person, which I AM NOT a fan of AT ALL. For me, meditation was the open door. It was my way to living a full, open life. I had great difficulty coping with, let alone trying to conquer, chronic pain. I didn’t want the current western medical model: antidepressants, muscle relaxants, anti-anxiety drugs, etc. I wanted a clear, strong, creative mind. I didn’t want to watch $$ flying out the window pursuing every silly, snake oil idea out there.
I found meditation. Practiced, studied, practiced, took classes online, went to classes, studied some more, practiced, read every book I could find and got results. My results were surprising to me, initially. The first, I realized I was experiencing moments of inner peace – I hadn’t had that before. And, then stringing together, more and more spaces of time spent in true happiness – regardless of my current environment or situation. I just felt enough, equal to the challenge, whatever it might be. I lost my worry. I became better at planning, but lost my worry. I’m not looking for him, either. . .
Anxiety was the next to lose it’s grip. Oh there still may be triggers, but they don’t get a hold anymore. They are recognized for what they are, and seem to fade out. How does that help chronic pain? Well, my pain did not go away. But, I have more energy and more ability to manage the pain. It is there, I’m aware of it, I don’t deny it, but it’s just there period, that’s all. It is a reality, just like having blue eyes – but you don’t spend all day thinking about your eyes. I have more success planning and using my energy to its best effort.
I see so much potential for meditation – of course, there have been many cultures who have known this for thousands of years. I want to see schools able to offer meditation – it’s good for any person, and I think would be excellent for the bullying problem – bullies and the bullied, alike. I’m not teaching a system, a religion, or even a philosophy – My goal is to teach others what I have learned: Your mind is your own, and the thoughts you hold are there because YOU thought them, and decided to keep them and make them your subject – it is that simple. Learn to know your own mind. Learn who you want to be. Learn why you allow some thoughts to continue and whether that is useful to you, or not. Learn that you can change at any moment, and then change again.
So, let’s weigh our words. Let’s look at the profit in our words as the ‘prophet’ in our words first. Weigh them in your mind, are they useful? Are they helpful? What feeling do they promote? It’s up to you. Thanks so much for reading. Lilie