“If you truly get in touch with a piece of carrot, you get in touch with the soil, the rain, the sunshine. You get in touch with Mother Earth and eating in such a way, you feel in touch with true life, your roots, and that is meditation. If we chew every morsel of our food in that way we become grateful and when you are grateful, you are happy.” Thich Nhat hanh
“Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation.” Jean Arp
“Meditation is the soul’s perspective glass.” Owen Feltham
Discussing how one has been reflecting or meditating is not usually a topic of conversation at a gathering. If a person does mention any kind of rumination it sometimes causes an uneasiness in others. It certainly is something to reflect on. Why would anyone be against thinking. For most people, pondering anything seems to be non-existent. I am not trying to be critical because I always make excuses why I don’t have the time to meditate or do a check on conscience. I am concerned at our reasons and what the results are from so many people not having time to contemplate their words and actions.
How many times do we say or do something we are sorry for later. Instead of reflecting on how it happened. Instead we venture a quick apology so that life can continue onward. We might pat ourselves on the back for our ability to apologize to another and we immediately get back to our tremendous workloads and burdens not considering how our conscience senses the wrongdoing. Truthfully do we understand the meaning behind what we have done? Some of us attempt to explain to our kids why the mistake they made was hurtful. Perhaps should process our own mistakes in a similar fashion. We believe we understand what we did was wrong so we desire to apologize and quickly move on from the incident.
The huge problem I have with this is that I find myself repeating the same mistakes. It sometimes becomes habitual. One day when I got tired of a repeated mistake I meditated and found it formed a deeper understanding in my heart and actually gave rise to my conscience. The other thing we never bring up is conscience. However I found my conscience to be more of a guiding post. Whenever I was in a dilemma and about to bring pain to another that inner voice gently reminded me of a previous time I went down the same road. By doing so I switched paths. Of course it doesn’t always work that way but from reflection, meditation mulling things over or whatever one wants to call thinking, I found myself more willing to go down the more difficult road to peace.
It appears we have so much negativity on the news and television and media. I’m sure it leaves us all wondering where it began and how it will end. I suppose it has started within us and will only end when we stop being afraid to think and consider alternatives to our problems besides the quick angry thoughtless solutions. Without thought tempers flare, we, spouses, children, friends and family are hurt by words or actions or both. Mostly it is never a one time ordeal. We repeat the pain.
When anything is not working it is time to investigate and think about another answer. That is if we really want a solution or a band aid. I see our world now covered in band aids. The blood may gush from the sides of the wounds but we simply reapply another band aid. Most likely until there is some soulful reflection nothing will change. Husbands and wives who spend most of their time together in fighting must meditate and mull over why and how they can honestly make things work or find another answer that doesn’t involve the tremendous pain they cause each other.
Parents who lose their tempers with kids simply because the parents are in a bad mood, disappointed with life, or their job, or spouse, need to consider the deeper meanings. It certainly is worth attempting some untried remedies because the regulars have been proven to be useless. Siblings who have suffered jealousy issues at the hands of parents from an early age must ruminate alternative seasonings for the occurrences. I know some parents who admitted they embarrassed a child and praised a sibling so as to encourage the erring child to do better. We might think this sounds absurd but we might be surprised to find ourselves guilty of similar circumstances. In the end we all want to improve our kids but it seems logical to ponder our options for accomplishing such a task rather than lash out in frustration.
If government thought things through before endorsing laws they might save all of us some painful situations. Without thought we make laws, enforce ridiculous rules, forget about essentials and live with the regret of our lack of thinking. Families create harmful tensions without meaning to do it. They also manifest lifelong problems by pitting siblings against each other.
I don’t want the negativity. To focus on the positive is vital. It is never too late to change or to meditate and mull over our present home, government, and spiritual condition. It benefits us and all who come into contact with us. Perhaps one day we might begin our conversations with others by mentioning how much time we had to spend reflecting on issues within or outside the home. We might even spur others on to meditation and thinking.
Maybe we might all be encouraged to play chess. One realizes that you must contemplate many moves into the future, patiently wait and trust that your currently poor situation will change. It might makes us understand and appreciate how far reaching our every word and action is to us and everyone else in our sphere regardless how far distant they are in our sphere. Turmoil within a household creates turmoil for us at work. Disruption at home manifests uprisings at school for kids. uneasiness and distrust among family members causes unhappiness for all and clouds of despair which many times leads to depression.
Likely when despondency grows we don’t reach out to others because we won’t give them the pleasure of seeing us in pain. How sorrowful for us all to witness misery and the perception of others that we would gloat about it. It is as if we believe others are deliberately attempting to knock us down rather than support us. This is where I see understanding through contemplation of the whole and bigger picture. We can’t be afraid to look at and view truth in all situations. Most problems may be solved by facing what we thought was truth and finding a different story. So many have covered up stories that should be revealed and soothed. In the process we all find some enlightenment and serenity. With reflection we find our knowledge alters our perception. Reflection runs the risk of exposing truth and perhaps revealing more pertinent solutions. Thinking stirs our inner spirits to a positive comprehension.”
“Of the real meditation practice is how we live our lives from moment to moment to moment.” Jon Kabat-Zinn
“At the end of the day, I can end up just totally wacky, because I’ve made mountains out of molehills. With meditation, I can keep them as molehills.” Ringo Starr
“Prayer is when you talk to God. Meditation is when you’re listening.” Kelsey Grammer
“Meditation is not to avoid society; it is to look deep to have the kind of insight you need to take action. To think that it is just to sit down and enjoy the calm and peace, is wrong.” Nhat Hanh
“By turning your eyes on God in meditation, your whole soul will be filled with God. Begin all your prayers in the presence of God.” Saint Francis de Sales
“Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit.” Jeremy Taylor