This morning I decided to spend my meditation time writing about meditation instead of actually meditating. I’m working hard to make sure The Meditator’s Handbook is as good as it can possibly be by the launch deadline.
I really noticed the impact of not having my morning sit on the rest of my day. And it got me reflecting about one of the byproducts of a regular meditation practice – the ability to enjoy stillness even when you’re in the midst of a busy life.
My average day is nuts
My normal day starts at 6.30am. I don’t get home from work until 8.30pm. In between that time I have a lot of stuff to get done. And then of course I get in and write for this blog! (It’s 11.20pm as I write this).
So my days are pretty long and very busy. And I have to stay switched on and make the right decisions because those decisions affect a lot people (the site I work for gets 30 million visits a month and the content is about stuff you need to do to stay within the law).
A clear mind and a robust heart is extremely helpful in all this.
Meditation as total frikkin lifesaver
What I remembered today is that meditation is a lifesaver for me.
I’m not sure that’s why it was originally developed – I don’t think the early disciples of the Buddha were running around capital cities at break-neck speed – but it certainly works for keeping your head above water when you live the kind of crazy life lots of us cityfolk live these days.
With a regular meditation practice you get the chance to see the stillness within the action. The peace within the present moment.
Without the practice, your mind is too caught up in the mass of stimuli rushing through your experience. And on top of that you have your memories and potential futures that you have to stay on top of. And then of course you need to check your Twitter and Facebook accounts. And get back to a thousand emails. And remember to get some food in for dinner. And and and.
But really, in any single moment, there’s very little going on. An in-breath, an out-breath. You’re standing, sitting, walking or lying down. Someone is speaking a single word to you, or you’re replying with one. In the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, “Peace is every step.”
I can’t say I’m quite there yet but I get what he means!
When the mind is still, you get to spend more time in that kind of experience. And that’s surely something of value!
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