Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Meditation

Every time I sit to meditate, I remember what the mystics say, "Witness the flow of your mind. Let your thoughts come and go." Thoughts come and go, all right, only to be replaced by newer and more robust thoughts. They are a formidable lot, these thoughts of ours. They play musical chairs in our head. This morning, for instance, try as I might, I couldn't remain immune to my thoughts, particularly one nagging thought that just wouldn't go away—"what shall I post on Fb today?" I found myself very eager to answer the question.

I know the mystics mean well but sometimes I think they mystify more than simplify matters of faith and spiritual practice. Becoming a silent spectator to our thoughts, leave alone reaching a state of thoughtlessness, takes years and years of practice and perseverance, but I believe it can be done.

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