Inspiration

Inspired by my morning practice: Learning to meditate was one of the healthiest things I ever did for myself. Whatever your age, go and learn a method that appeals to you, learn it, and practice it. There are probably thousands of people out there who are great meditation teachers and dozens of systems. Or, just go sit quietly and watch your breath for 10 minutes a day, everyday, and you'll get better and better at figuring out how to do that. You'll have learned yourself and this learning will have come from an active place of learning instead of from an outside method or authority. If it's hard for you to do this, keep trying. It's hard for me, too. You don't have to say anything special or do anything special ;)


However, do not get caught up in the act of thinking that you meditating actually means anything and that it will get you anything or anywhere or become anyone. You will not be a better person simply because you meditate or sit quietly. In fact, if you're doing 'right,' you may actually have to go through a whole bunch of sh*t in order to bloom into an amazing flower. Good luck.


To paraphrase Krishnamurti (everyone's favorite Ojai philosopher), a person can sit for days and weeks and still not be a very kind or insightful person. Krishnamurti's actual quote and brilliant response to questions about yoga and breathing practices was: '...A perfect idiot can breathe most beautifully, can practice breathing and do it ecstatically well. But his brain is still very small, he's still petty, he's still ambitious, greedy. Right?'


If there ever is a final goal of yoga, it must be something like: loving kindness, or seeing the other person as you, or seeing no separation between you and the other. In the Yoga Sutra, Pantañjali tells us that the ultimate goal of yoga is the attainment of God realization. To me, this 'God realization' IS meditation in daily life and in every moment. It is not when you're sitting alone by yourself meditating being quiet or when you're pretending to be a good person in your head, alone in your house. Action, and interaction, is real. Intention is just in your head.