In the process of meditation, one may become aware of the multitude of non-productive distractions vying for our attention. This particular distraction known as Mustang, brings me immense joy. It is imperative that we find the time to play. Not only that, the presence of the dog diverts attention from self which can be a healthy commercial break from whatever is going on.
If you have a pooch yourself, creating a video which you can access easily (perhaps on your phone) may be a welcome distraction from whatever is not serving you so that you may get a renewed perspective.
In 2o13 in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management, they discovered that workers who brought their dogs to the office had less stress and were happier with their job. Most of us may not have that privilege but the suggested video creation may be a great way to channel this.
A few years ago a friend of mine gave me a card at Christmas with this passage on it. A timely boost of support during a tumultuous point in my life and so profound. This intangible quote became a rock from which I drew support numerous times while navigating that period.
For many of us, we think of meditation as a process that is done in isolation and silence. Without a doubt, that is a great environment to access the purity of it and if we can create the time to do so, more power to us. Last time I checked though, time seems to be a commodity that most of us never seem to have enough of. There is a remedy to this. One may find, that the meditative process reveals in time, that part of it’s nature and benefit lay in it’s ability to be fully integrated into daily living. In my eyes, this is where the greatest effects can be experienced.
This wordplay demonstrates the semantical shift that can take place in an instant to evoke the power of meditation. Nothing changes but a different perception.
Within the content of your life, at that moment, all there is that needs to be is there, to be content.
A meditative process can allow one to see things differently and more clearly. Examine the concept of empathy, the ability to relate to what another person is experiencing (or has or will) with this example:
Imagine you are on the road and struck in traffic. In front of you is a car. Your gaze lands upon the back window and you see into the car. Your depth of perception becomes limited to this. To understand what is going on in front of that car all you have to do is look through their front windshield and view the road from their perspective. Yet how many of us do this and see the world through their eyes? Or do we allow the frustration at being stuck in traffic to color all that we see?
Timing is everything. Upon arrival and settling into my quarters on the temple grounds, I met an American from Chicago that had just finished his 72 hour determination, the culmination of the 21 day sit in silence. I asked him a number of questions about his experience and the two things that have always stayed with me were these:
“When you are finished you will look at grass and see green like never before.”
Then, later that day before he left, he gave me this poem by Markova accompanied by an actual winged seed (which I still have 20 years later).
The meditation experience is alive. It is not a static process, it grows as you grow and evolve. There is no set speed. The poem is symbolic of so many things from being a teacher to the concept of time and legacy.
The winged seed is representative of the process of meditation itself and how it challenges old belief systems as the ground work or realization of new ones are born. For example, the whole concept of failure and making mistakes resonates with me strongly. The drive for perfection, the concept of purity and the quest of the mastery of consistency. Not just in a sporting sphere but in every day living such as having an even keeled temperament or the cultivation of relationships of all forms. So many attempts, within each a gradient of achievement, some were bang on successful, others weren’t completed and then you have your abject failure. There are also so many attempts that never took hold or just weren’t viable but still served a purpose. In nature nothing is wasted.