One of the more difficult parts of my spiritual journey had been after studying the west and the east, why there is not more emphasis in the west of meditation and stilling one’s heart. The idea of mysticism that is shared across many world religions is given little thought in the western churches. In the eastern ones, the path is more about a simple prayer than having dedicated meditation and prayer times. Usually to get that environment you have to go to a monastery where there is a different level of participation. I remember a service in a tiny monastery in New Mexico where I witnessed a service where a small group of monks went to a place and space then I wonder why it is not the norm in a regular church?
it is a bit like the photo. you see a beautiful sunset inside the zurich airport. i was standing there with the camera raised to capture the moment when this woman decided to simply stop where she was and not move. so i took the photo after thnking, “oh they can’t be parking themeselves right in front of me on this massive concourse.” i was wrong. a part of me thought she wanted her picture taken, another part of me was thinking, “maybe she doesn’t see the amazing sunset behind her?” it is a bit like praying and meditation in a world that is staring at the duty free shop of stuff to buy that is actually behind me.
Meditation and guided meditation were tools I used to work on and play with as a way to either relax, become more creative, cheat the need for sleep on the road, and it was what I thought the path would be for me to break through the seeming invisible membrane from myself to something beyond myself. When someone asks if meditation works, I reply, “yes, it can. I just never got to go beyond my known senses. I always hit a wall.”
On the other hand, prayer has been simplified with having a conversation with God the creator. The idea of little ole me being so bold to have a conversation and a relationship with something that has created all seems a bit bold if you think about it. Yet, that is what I think the creator of love would enjoy from all of us. I studied that major global religions and for whatever reason did a loop around when the spirituality beyond the rules/regulations/traditions/humanity of religion – and that barrier I mentioned in meditation were relaxed and erased at sometimes in my life.
Once you get a taste or experience that there is something far more significant than yourself, humanity, and the cosmos you will keep going and seeking it out. There is a parable about this in the Bible, the parable of the pearl. It follows the parable of the hidden treasure.
I don’t have any rulebook for how you get to learn about this space other than approach prayer with a childlike heart, keep doing it, ideally, find a guide that has healed themselves first and not just read some books and is regurgitating what they say to do. I have found it is not a quick fix, but rather a daily journey where you have to spend time in prayer and meditation and make time to live in a way that might seem odd to the much of the world.
I hear so many people expressing how tired, busy, and exhausted they are – yet, I don’t see too many doing the simple necessary tools of prayer, meditation, exercise and eating a balanced diet, and getting enough sleep. It seems like common sense that if you take a little time to balance and center yourself, you probably will find you have more than enough time with the obligations of the day. The question is what do you choose?
Today I tried some guided meditation. As I mention the idea of prayer can be a type of meditation, yet, I don’t know how in the west the world of meditation and contemplation come together. I do get and understand discernment and how easy it is to get tripped up and knocked down by the forces that aren’t all that nice that twist the message of pure love and have you rationalized stupid choices and decision. I think this is part of the learning between are you loving your “self” or are you working toward that type of love you won’t find in a romantic or selfish way of loving – that being selfless. It is the love that exists beyond us that you will find if you choose to go seek it.
I am not sure why the ramble today. The brainstorm was a straightforward breakdown of all the pieces and elements of some exciting paths for our technologies and ideas to help people heal. That will be the rest of this day’s work, but for now, I ramble on – post-meditation and pray and hope that humanity decides to get a bit better with loving each other in a world filled with the human condition.