Can you remain still in meditation?

Can you remain still in meditation?

The ancient Masters were profound and subtle.

Their wisdom was unfathomable.
There is no way to describe it;
all we can describe is their appearance.

They were careful
as someone crossing an iced-over stream.
Alert as a warrior in enemy territory.
Courteous as a guest.
Fluid as melting ice.
Shapable as a block of wood.
Receptive as a valley.
Clear as a glass of water.

Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?

The Master doesn’t seek fulfillment.
Not seeking, not expecting,
she is present, and can welcome all things.


Ice Cave

Have you ever tried to meditate but found that your mind was so filled with chatter that you can’t focus? A big part of meditation, and something that is important to keep in mind as a new meditator, is sticking with it. Just waiting until some of that internal dialogue settles down is a big step toward finding peace within.

This may happen in several months, several years or even more!  Until then, though, WAIT.  WATCH. Notice what type of thoughts you are filling your brain with when all of your external distractions fade away. Where did those thoughts come from? Your mother? Your father?  Your 3rd grade teacher?  Your boss?

Which ones are you ready to let go of because they just aren’t true?

Which ones give you pleasure or fill your heart with joy?  Maybe those can stay.

Whatever you choose, stay present, alert and receptive.

Kelli Russell
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