July 1, 2016
It’s true that world religions have incorporated meditation into their spiritual teachings and practices for centuries. But, meditation itself is not used exclusively for religious purposes. Not any more so than, say, quantum physics, psychology, and talk therapy are.
In its simplest form, meditation is a call to presence and awareness. It’s an inroad to a deeper understanding of the world, the self, and of reality. We accomplish this heightened awareness by learning to be present with what is—not what we want to be there or what we fear is there, but instead what is actually there.
So much of the world is invisible without the right tools.
Think of a microscope, it does not “create” the microorganisms that we see through its lens. Instead, it simply makes them visible. In doing so, the microscope doesn’t manifest or change what is there; instead, it functions as an instrument that reveals what is right there in front of us—it’s just, we cannot observe it without the right tool.
Meditation, like a microscope, allows us to see what is always there by simply giving us a lens which reveals otherwise unseen layers of our world, our lives, and our minds.
Are there deeper layers of yourself, your world, and/or your mind that you cannot see or experience right now?
Action: Practice being actively present by taking and observation walk. You can do this anywhere. Set aside 15 minutes. Take a ten minute walk—outside, inside, at work, at home, in a park, in the city, anywhere—set your focus on absorbing absolutely everything that you possibly can with your five/six senses. Try to truly take in all that is there—see it all, smell it all, taste it all, hear it all, feel it all, and sense it all…all at once. Practice truly and intentionally “being” in the moment for ten minutes as you walk. Then, take five minutes and write down everything that you can recall from your walk. Repeat as needed.
Be your greatness. Start. Do. Go.
Zach Carlsen is the grateful lead blogger at StrengthsLife.com
His strengths of Ideation, Connectedness, Input, Strategic, and Empathy have taken him all over the world. He is an inventor, athlete, joyous wanderer/wonderer, translator, poet, and Transformation Coach.
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