Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Letting the World Go By: A Vacation for Mind & Soul
By Various Artists
The bottom of a pail is broken through. - A Zen Master, on enlightenment
Blustery wind days lift my eyes up to the sky. To watch the passing clouds as they change while drifting by my view point. You know the ones I speak of? The thunderheads before the thunder? The puffy cumulus blowing across its blue grey background? They form, bend, and shape themselves on the winds whim.
Once upon a time, I wanted to see or rather experience meditation. I wanted to know that I could quiet my mind. I wanted to learn how to completely empty my thoughts and experience the bliss of No Thingness. I had these preconceived ideas of what meditation was going to bring me. I had a lot to learn. When I went to the first "sitting", I was too excited to experience anything at all. Several "sittings" later, I spoke to my instructor about all the thoughts that keep coming into my mind. "How do I get my busy mind to relax?," I inquired.
"Passing clouds," she said. "Let them go by like passing clouds."
From then on, I let the clouds of thoughts just pass on by. It got easier and easier the less I tried. I just let it happen and found myself rested and not empty, but quiet full. Full of a peacefulness in mind, body and spirit. I'm sure each person experiences what they seek with mediation if willing. I'm also pretty sure that each person has an individual experience with the practice of meditation. Personalized by our own desires to understand our busy minds.
Since then, when I look up to these clouds as they push and dance in the sky, my smile comes easily, and my mind relaxes. I experience the childlike joy of watching the shapes and images take my thoughts and let them pass on by.