Why Should I Meditate

Why should I meditate may be something someone just looking into the idea of meditation may ask.  Here are a few pointers that jumped out from a lecture by Bruce Frantzis that he gave in a series called The Tao of Letting Go.

The idea that you are going to get something from mediation is actually the problem that meditation is trying to solve.

The Buddha meditated, not to get something, but to get free from the need to get something.

Meditation is about finding joy, happiness and peace and finally balance, inside yourself.

It is not thinking about something, it’s being able to release anything, that is attached to any thought.

The ability to let go – the ability to change the structure inside of you that caused the thoughts to come out in the first place.

I will add more to this as time goes along, or if you feel you would like to contribute to this please send your comments.


Advice from An Old Farmer

Some advice from an old farmer…

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.
Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled.
Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.
Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.
Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
You cannot unsay a cruel word.
Every path has a few puddles.
When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
The best sermons are lived, not preached.
Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.
Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Live a good, honorable life… Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.
Don ‘t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none.
Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.
If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.
Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.
Always drink upstream from the herd.
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.
Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.
If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around..
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.
Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.
Most times, it just gets down to common sense.

George Carlin

George Carlin’s wife died early in 2008 and George followed her, dying in July 2008. It is ironic George Carlin – comedian of the 70’s and 80’s – could write something so very eloquent and so very appropriate.

An observation by George Carlin:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

Remember to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

And always remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by those moments that take our breath away.

George Carlin

Eckhart Tolle Quote

Eckhart Tolle Quote

If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. As soon as you honor the present moment, unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out the present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care, and love – even the most simple action.

– Eckhart Tolle

Does “Where You Are” determine “Who You Are”

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” – Lewis Carroll

I listen to a lot of lectures and sometimes find things being said that to me might be an interesting topic to write about. This quote then really becomes a heading and waits for me to finally get back to it to write something – and sometimes just lands up in the recycling basket. This one was a keeper.

All of us have a story. The story really should change daily since different things come up at different times, however, does our “handling” of the issue ever really change or does our “handling” depend upon “where we are right now” in comparison to “where we were then”. Does this change in our ability to handle something differently mean that we are essentially someone different to who we were before?

Interesting to note is the fact that until a few months ago I was really pain free. I could take on the world on a physical level and besides having limitations due to not being physically a super specimen I knew exactly what I could and could not do – but mostly I would just do it and suffer the consequences later.

That being said, since I have been diagnosed with RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis), I suddenly find there are things that I simply cannot do anymore because of the constant pain I am in. Also I catch myself training my body to avoid doing certain things because right now I am in pain. But later I could possibly do that something, but have stopped myself so much because of the previous pain, that even though there is no pain now I just don’t do it.

Does the same apply to all things I have done or not done in the past (and yes even the present) been my own limitations that I have set for myself and could I now have been even better than I am?

The question really is more one of – “Am I the past” or “Am I the present”?