Stay with the Struggle

I stumbled across books on meditation while I was searching for the meaning of life.  Meditation seemed like a good idea.  Inner peace and mental discipline?  Sign me up.

Let’s meditate

I put my book down and closed my eyes.  My mind raced.  I tried to slow the activity.  My thoughts grew louder and came at me from all directions.  I focused on my breathing.  A blur of images, voices, memories whipped around me.  The whirlwind engulfed me.

What a bad idea

I tossed the book across the room in frustration.  Now I was agitated.  Where was the inner peace?  Meditating had put me in a worse mood than before I’d started.  Well, that was a bad idea.

Meditation is not for me

I put aside my ideas about meditation.  The philosophy was still interesting, but I’d leave the Zen mindset to the Buddhist monasteries.  Maybe one day I could sit on a hillside, eat grass and barricade myself against the outside world.  Until then, Zen obviously was not for me.

Someone wiser than me

One day, a friend asked me how my meditation was going.  I told him that it didn’t work.  “You tried meditating once?”  He asked.  I explained that I had tried several times over a period of a few days.  “A few days?”  Yes, maybe a week.  Long enough to realize that doesn’t work on me.

He stared at me.  What?  “Try again.”  No!  It puts me in a bad mood which, obviously, defeats the purpose.  And it will probably give me a headache.

“If you could meditate after a few tries you’d be discovering a new religion.”  Oh.  So, how much time does this take?  Stop staring.  “Things are easy for you aren’t they?”  Wow, how could I be so misunderstood?  Looking back, I see what he meant.

Living in discomfort

Sometimes when things are uncomfortable, it means we should stay with them.  Push through the pain and keep going.  Stay focused.  Change is never easy.  If something is hard for you, it might mean that it’s exactly what you should be doing.

Live with the discomfort.  Breathe through it.  Pain is a function of meaningful change.  You’re creating a deeper level of understanding.  Your beautiful life is ready for a new dimension.  Dive in!

 

 

 

10 thoughts on “Stay with the Struggle

  1. Just Plain Ol' Vic

    I think it goes back to the old adage that the thing that are the most worthwhile are the hardest to obtain. Great post, lots of good points!

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    1. Hi Vic!

      You sum it up very well: the most worthwhile things are the hardest to obtain. They do get easier by increments and that progress can help us stay the course.

      I’m glad you like this one. Thanks for stopping by, as always :).

      Danica

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  2. Love this, Danica. As my wife is meditating upstairs, I’m in the basement (man-cave) listening to Bob Dylan & The Band (“Before The Flood” live album) and experiencing my own version of inner peace. I’ll achieve it even further in a little while when I shut off my computer and focus solely on the music. Not sure straight meditation will ever be for me, but at least I have something in my life that allows me to “push through the pain and keep going.”

    Wishing you a good remainder of the weekend and a fantastic week ahead.
    Rich

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    1. Hi Rich,

      Was it Bob Marley who said, “When the music hits you, you feel no pain”? There are so many ways to meditate. Another friend meditates by walking, preferably on grass or sand. I love music and find that it’s a kind of sanctuary, although I’m starting to enjoy silence which is a little surprising. I don’t typically meditate in the traditional sense, but I try to achieve the mental discipline and inner peace.

      Thank you and I wish you a lovely evening and equally fantastic week ahead :).

      Danica

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  3. I do remember the first time(s) — trying to do it RIGHT, is where I went wrong. All hung up on trying to push things from my mind instead of welcoming them and often, letting them pass. I’ve been meditating since I was about …20? I think. It’s good. It’s really, really good. For me. 🙂

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    1. It’s definitely a process, isn’t it? I agree, it’s good. I’d have liked to learn earlier but perhaps things happen in their own time for reasons. “When the student is ready the teacher will come,” as they say. I’m impressed that you were ready at 20!

      Thanks for stopping by, Joey, as always :).

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