Life was bold and exhilarating
as I remember it once,
when it sparkled with joy
and when passion filled
in my soul
And all these
in a way
that feels like a distant dream
that I could never
And yet it stays,
in my heart
which reminds me
again and again
of what I loved most
An excerpt from the book Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts :
“In the widest sense of the word, to name is to interpret experience by the past, to translate it into terms of memory, to bind the unknown into the system of the known. Civilized man knows of hardly any other way of understanding things. Everybody, everything, has to have its label, its number, certificate, registration, classification. What is not classified is irregular, unpredictable, and danngerous. Without passport, birth certificate, or membership in some nation, one’s existence is not recognized. If you do not agree with the capitalists, they call you a communist, and vice versa. A person who agrees with neither point of view is fast becoming unintelligible.”
Meditation is difficult. It is not the process of meditation that is difficult— in fact, it’s easier than taking a morning walk around the house. It’s fun. Even I’ve done it ( The morning walk). The impossible task is to find the 15 minutes of the time that you need in a day to make that happen. Every time you make room for some time, your brain tells you to do something— something productive— or at least procrastinate. There is absolutely no moment when thoughts entirely disappear. As soon as one fades away, another takes its place and makes you feel busy all the time. Even when you are doing nothing, you are thinking— mostly things that you never would have bothered if you were limited in time.
Most people think that meditation is eliminating all thoughts from your mind. I thought that too. That cannot be more wrong. Meditation is only acknowledging the thoughts that cross your mind, understanding them deeply, taking some moment to know what you feel, and getting some overall clarity on your life.
Meditation shows you what is real and what is superficial. It takes you to the present. The centre of flow of time. The point where past diffuses into the future. At that point, you experience thoughts differently. You see thoughts as— just that—thoughts. It would still be present. But it won’t bother you. You can examine them one by one. What each of them means, what emotions they elicit— happy or sad, and which are important, which are not etc.
I know. It’s almost magical. But more than anything, it works. It saves you so much time. It helps you (at least helped me) focus on only what is truly important and also to get better clarity on your life as a whole. Honestly, this is the most useful skill that you can teach yourself.
Here’s an article by Vox that I found interesting.
So, make some effort to take 15 minutes from your life and this 15 minutes would be the most valuable use of your time that day.
Also, Use headspace. Thank me later.