Hello Search for Joy listeners: It has been a while since we’ve spoken due to my NY Marathon training. Thank you for your patience.
In this meditation, we will explore the body more specifically and our reaction to what we think and feel during our meditation. One of the common reactions our mind takes is to react what we think with a sudden reaction (ie negative) or assumption. We often think – “oh gosh what was that thought” ? Or we suddenly react with fear, panic or an emotion. But what if we were able to just see the thought or the feeling from the body and not add a narrative? What if we could just say
“It’s ok, I see you” ? Well, then we could pause things for a moment and instead of just reacting, we could maybe choose a response.
Would that be a good thing? I think it could be, yes.
Our minds often race. It is natural. When we sit for meditation they get filled with gotta do things, should do, other ideas and soon we are in a trance.
When we are in a trance, sometimes it is like a dream when we drift away and have no idea that we have left our here and now and have fallen into a series of thoughts along a line of thoughts.
We have talked about how to wake up from a trance. Often we just realize that we are off in this dream and say to our selves “oh, look at that, I was off in a dream.”
This meditation however, is an attempt to stay completely in our bodies and discover everything we feel in our body as we walk across Central Park. By staying in our body, we awaken this enormous resource – as a listening post – and shut off our frontal lobe from taking us away from here.
The goal is to stay here and experience everything that is happening HERE.
It can train us to have this resource of our body, as a tool to bring us back when our mind takes us away into a trance or is locked up in anxiety or panic.
Recently I visited my mom and dad. I am blessed that they still thrive and during my visit I took the time to massage their feet while they were relaxing.
I often talk too much – as you know – and I felt that this was a way just to be present with them and not talk. In fact, it came to me from a story about a man who was not feeling great and how his friend, an elder, would come every day and massage his feet and not exchange anything more than the tough. The man who was massaged said that of all the people that offered help, the friend who came and massaged him without words was the most helpful visitor of all.
Sometimes the person who needs visiting is us and sometimes the person who needs to be visited, or held or touched is another.
“A single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”
― Henry David Thoreau
(credit for finding this quote goes to Tara Brach)
So, how do we train our selves to make a deep mental path?