Meditation-Day 6 + Spring

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You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann

Day six of meditation. I’m starting to feel a little more comfortable in the role, both mind and body. I ensure I go to the washroom before I start, my body does not invite me to scratch and my mind is not as noisy. I still get distracted by random thoughts, but they are quieter and not roaring for attention. One of the things I’m monitoring is whether meditation brings about a change in life style. I don’t feel any different. I still have the same “bad” habits, too much alcohol on the weekends, swearing at other drivers, tend towards impatience etc.etc.etc. Time will tell.

There are snippets of information, gleaned from a thousand read books, that are trapped in my mind. I remember reading an article by Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk  ( 1915-  1968 ) He talked about interaction in our lives. If there was just me, with my own thought processes, with no one to bounce ideas from I would be constrained by my own limited knowledge. Brooding on a pebble of a problem soon becomes a mountain of a problem. Though it is still a pebble. When I interact with other people there is a refining of my thought process, where I receive new information and either accept or reject it, and so my thoughts are reshaped. When I bring God into the equation it adds a new dimension to the way I think and perceive the world. I say this because when I meditate I try to make God part of the equation. God being the first cause , the creator of the universe with all its wonders and complexities, including us.

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I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

William Wordsworth.

Spring is here, FINALLY. Hurray !  Jump for joy, feel the change. Though it’s still cold outside there is a feeling of optimism, new beginnings.  I love this part of the year from March 20 to June 21, as the days embrace the light and Mother Nature crowns this part of the earth in glory. The sun is shining today, I’m off for a walk, maybe I’ll actually see some daffodils.

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