Monday, August 9, 2010
Finding the Monkey Tamer (Jan 9, 2010)
I tend to let my inner child roam about when I feel I can afford to do so. I'm a bit behind on my daily writing and also on my data entry work, but perhaps this is my mind's way of telling me I'm fussing too much over work and responsibilities and all that serious stuff. I'm willing to let it slide for now. I'll get back on track next week and get everything squared away.
The best solution to that problem, the tape advises, is to redirect the child -- your mind -- very gently. "That's a very lovely flower, yes, but now we need to get back to the path." And you take the child by the hand and gently lead it back to the sidewalk. Naturally the child immediately sees something else worth dashing off about and the process repeats itself. The idea is not to squash the creative mind, but to bring a sense of order to it, to remind it that running all about with no clear destination is not conducive to getting things done.
Seems like a lot of work to get your mind in order, doesn't it? But, the tape also says, meditating is a journey you undertake without the expectation that you'll really reach a destination. It's the work that's important. Meditating with the belief that you'll reach the point where your mind will be completely calm and peaceful, even for a few precious moments, is like attempting to get to the grocery store on a stationary bicycle at the gym. You don't ride a stationary bike to reach someplace. You do it because the work improves your body. Similarly, you meditate to improve your mind, your concentration, your personality. The journey is the important thing.
Posted by H Myers at 9:11 AM