Monday, June 6, 2011
Don't Walk - Meditate
For now, the only one of those two entities, meditation and walking, I'm any good at is walking. Meditating, well that will take some practice. Probably, all things considered, a lot of practice. But in the brief time I did manage to still my mind I noticed things. Noticed them like I don't normally notice as I took things in and my brain refrained from continual commentary. It was like I was seeing everything at a different angle. Seeing and being without judging and putting my own interpretation on things.
I'm slowly discovering that meditation isn't just relaxing, it just might give a different perspective on how I view the world. As my brain analyzes the world around me, I consider whether I am experiencing reality as opposed to my interpretation of reality? I don't know. What I do know is that when I still my mind everything appears different, richer in a way without the continual labels and analysis that my thoughts apply to everything like a deluge of sticky notes flooding my environment. Picture the trees, shrubs, mailman - all decorated in the sticky notes of our thoughts. Meditation sweeps the sticky notes aside, if only briefly.
Good, bad or just different?
It defintely puts a different perspective on the world and for anyone that's a good thing. For a writer, that's fantastic. And bonus, I heard it's relaxing. So with that in mind, I'm off for a walk and see if I can stretch my meditation time past the one minute marker.
Any new views in your world?