In the moment

by admin Nov 30, 2005 2 Comments

Filed under: Meditation

I was reading one of the other posts about meditation, and I started thinking about what meditation means to me, and why it is important. I think it’s important each day to take some time to clear your mind. It’s akin to the process of taking a sip of wine with your food to clear the palate. Not only do you appreciate the food more, but the taste, the sensation of the wine swirling in your mouth, stimulating your taste buds is a complementary experience in and of itself.
One of my favorite books is Jack Kornfield’s collection of wisdom called Buddha’s Little Instruction Book. That’s where I first came across the saying, “Wherever you go, there you are.” This was a very useful way for me to think about meditation. It helped me to realize that meditation was not about sitting in a room by yourself contemplating your navel. You could enter a meditative state anywhere where you could be along with your thoughts. I found myself entering a meditative state while running (the steady rhythm of my feet hitting the ground was a pleasant catalyst). I also find it relaxing and comforting to meditate while walking around the streets of New York, arguably one of the most chaotic places in which to meditate. As Kornfield suggests in his guide to meditation (which is an appendix to the book), “When you eat, just eat. When you walk, just walk.”

2 Comments

  • A Dude

    Dec 3, 2005 | 1:50 pm

    “Wherever you go, there you are” – very true indeed. We escape because we don’t want to be there. Notice how the mind will always project a future that’s better than where you are, that’s more fulfilling, that’s anything but where you are. To meditate is so very essential and yet the meditator keeps getting in the way – he’s out to sabotage, as it were.

    To be where you are, how difficult it must be!

  • KarmaDude

    Dec 3, 2005 | 8:40 pm

    I agree, the meditator does get in the way. But not sure about the mind always projecting a brighter future, maybe an optimistic mind would, but that kind of statement would be sidelining the pessimistic thinkers out there. For me a skeptical mind is one from which great thought can arise, regardles of whether it’s for the better or for worse.

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