In meditation as we sit quietly watching our breath and thoughts, we face the mind as it is. We observe its strengths, weaknesses, beliefs, habits, attachments, preoccupations, and “storms” (more about that in a bit).
Here’s the good news: when we look within there is no one else in the audience! We do not have to pretend, hide, or feel ashamed – we just watch without judgment and learn.
Through meditation we acknowledge that the mind is just like the course of nature: it can be stormy, shiny, windy, or still and quiet. In nature, when a storm hits, there is a chance that we’ll get caught in it and experience the devastation firsthand. BUT if we know a storm is coming, we can get ourselves to a safe place where we can watch the storm from a distance without getting hurt.
Our thoughts and emotions can be very “stormy” at times and we can get caught in them, sometimes hurting ourselves and others. Meditation gives us the ability to know when the “storm” is coming, tools either to control the “stormy weather” within or to secure ourselves in the safety of the internal observer, watching the “storm” pass and not getting caught in its destructive power.
After the “storm” we can experience joy and clarity. Energy flows in that joy, filling the heart with love. Inner guidance opens and realizations, answers and direction are revealed.
Would you like to discover more about meditation? Contact me at LifeCare for information about meditation groups.
~Marina Lisjonok, MSW, E-RYT-500