Meditation is Personal, but not Guaranteed

Meditation is Personal, but not Guaranteed

Courage To Change – December 3, 2019

Photo Credit: Author

Photo Credit: Author

Meditation is touted as the holy grail in saving us from our own over-stressed world that we have created for and of ourselves. Everywhere you turn, there are tutorials, classes, personal coaches, all trying to teach you to meditate. The problem is that they are trying to teach you to meditate THEIR WAY, in a manner that works for them. I will be the first to admit that it is often helpful to be shown how to do something, but then it becomes my path to do it the way that makes sense, rather than how that other person showed me to do it. At the end of it all, my meditation is a personal process, and doing it the way another tells me to does not guarantee the success of the process for me.

Quick and Simple Disclaimer: The readings in this post are literally taken wholesale out of the book entitled Courage to Change. You can find it at Amazon, Here. The portion entitled Alleged Insight, well that mess is all me.
If you’re an introvert, go buy the book, if you’re a broke introvert, the text from many good books can be found HERE , if you’re in dire straits however, go find an Al-Anon Meeting, it saved me. *None of these links are affiliate links,

Today’s Reading

What is meditation? Al-Anon leaves that question open for each of us to answer in our own way. Drawing upon the experiences of other Al-Anon members can help us to find our own path. Here are only a few of the ways members of the fellowship have shared:

  • To me, meditation is a higher spiritual awareness. I practice remembering that every action can serve a spiritual purpose.
  • I go to a quiet place, close my eyes, and repeat the words of the Serenity Prayer to myself in a gentle voice.
  • I need to get beyond my thoughts, so I concentrate on my breathing, counting from one to ten over and over as I breathe in and out.
  • I simply step back and watch my thoughts as if I were watching a play. I try to keep my attention on the present day only, leaving the past and the future alone.
  • I focus on a flower. When my thoughts stray, I accept that my mind is just doing it is job – thinking- and then gently return to my subject.
  • In my mind, I picture my Higher Power’s hands. One by one, I place my problems and worries, my joy and my gratitude, into those hands, and finally I climb in too.

Alleged Insight:

That picture, up top? That’s the handlebars of my 1975 KZ650.

That was how I meditated back before I was a parent. I could ride for ages and ages, it cost pennies to lose myself in the weave and flow of the air around me, in the dance of the rubber on the pavement. It was glorious.

Lately however, meditation is something that has been scarcer and scarcer. With lots of kids, two full time careers, and life going a little sideways [or even completely off the rails more often than not] most days, it is all I can do to get showered with fresh clothes on some days, let alone relaxed and into a meditative state.

I’m not so sure on what meditation means to me these days; a few quiet moments really is all I ever get, and those are few and far between. I suspect that taking the time to write up these posts is as close as I’m going to get to true meditation any time soon. In a couple of years the littlest ones will be heading off to school, and life will not settle down, but the manic should subside a little at least. a few hours of sanity for my wife will translate into some semblance of calm in my world. At that point, meditation or at least intentional mindfulness will be easier to achieve.

Closing thoughts:

Meditation, at it is core, is the process of focusing the mind, clearing the thoughts away and generally achieving a state of mental rest; peace, if you will.

Here’s the link to the definition of meditation:

It’s worth a read, but please note that the very first paragraph indicates that the practice and process of meditation varies widely across the whole spectrum of those who practice it.

Find what works for you, then do it. As for me, I’ll keep hoping for a chance to return to where the rubber meets the road and the wind pulls the tears from my eyes as I feel the world flow past.


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