- Day Twenty: Meditate.
With all that is going on in the world right now, the last thing on your mind (probably) is meditating. It’s so hard to be still and quiet our minds when we’re being busy bodies. I’ve tried mediation but I found myself with what Elizabeth Gilbert quotes (In Eat Pray Love) as “the monkey-mind”.
“Like most humanoids, I am burdened with what the Buddhists call the “monkey mind” – the thoughts that swing from limb to limb, stopping only to scratch themselves, spit and howl. From the distant past to the unknowable future, my mind swings wildly through time, touching on dozens of ideas a minute, unharnessed and undisciplined. This in itself is not necessarily a problem; the problem is the emotional attachment that goes along with the thinking. Happy thoughts make me happy, but – whoop! – how quickly I swing again into obsessive worry, blowing the mood; and then it’s the remembrance of an angry moment and I start to get hot and pissed off all over again; and then my mind decides it might be a good time to start feeling sorry for itself, and loneliness follows promptly. You are, after all, what you think. Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions.”
So by the time all of that happens, are you really concerned about meditating? NOPE. So then instead of making meditation accidental, we have to choose our thoughts, as Elizabeth Gilbert describes here in a foreword.
“If you sit down with the pure intention to meditate, whatever happens next is none of your business.” Eat Pray Love
You have to find your own technique into meditation. But I sure do love Wiki-How. They make everything sound simple.
And just because….I came across this blog post about a meditation flash mob. So cool!