I Don’t Have Time to Meditate, Do You?
I make do with 15 minutes of sitting here and there like in the train, or before leaving for work. It’s all I can manage to keep practicing, and that’s not nearly as much as I’d like, especially when my schedule gets insane — like now.
Presently, each break is a luxury, and I can’t always afford it.
The Spiritual Gangsters
I used to live among hardcore meditators, and many of us had the same problem: we would quickly lose focus and interest in meditation. I guess it would be the same thing if you could watch Netflix all day long without worrying about money — you’d end up couch surfing on your smartphone or staring at the window, wondering what life could be like on the other side of the glass.
Also, putting yourself in a lifestyle where meditation is a must can degenerate into performance anxiety, like worrying about not doing enough, getting competitive with your peers and sometimes, frankly, becoming neurotic about it.
A Message of Hope
So, I’d like to share a little message of hope for all those who live under the gun and have too little time to enjoy sitting on their own and watching their mind.
That’s assuming you abandon the simplified definition the West gave the word “meditating.” Meditation is not merely about sitting with a straight back and focusing on an anchor. According to the Buddhist masters I heard, it means much more than that.
The Tibetan word for meditation “Gom” means “to become familiar with” and has the strong implication of training the mind to become familiar with states that are beneficial: concentration, compassion, correct understanding, patience, humility, perseverance, etc.
When Can I Be Ready to Astral Project?
All right, I’m aware that this kind of statement is disappointing when you expect formal practice to be an exotic tool chest of colored visualizations and breathing exercise, but the reality is more down to earth, and also more accessible than we think.
Compassion, ethics, love and patience are part of the program that makes you a better meditator; and, in the same way, meditation is a useful resource if you wish to be more compassionate, loving and so forth. You see where I’m going.
So, How Do You Meditate All the Time?
It becomes apparent when you realize that meditation is mostly about training your mind, day and night to become a better person.
• Stroking the cat when he asks for it.
• Understanding a stranger’s despair and wishing her well.
• Identifying everyone else’s defects as your own, and making peace with that.
• Accepting that you’re not perfect and that at least…you’re trying.
• Sitting on a cushion and watching whatever your mind is doing, and then try to carry this mindset everywhere with you.
In the end, how we meditate reflects how we live, and vice versa. I’d call that a virtuous circle.