When do we change?
- When do we change?
What finally catches our attention,
cranks our motivation motor, and
moves us in the direction of our
hopes, dreams, and aspirations?
When does "one of these days"
become "Today!"? And on the flip
side, why do we so often find
ourselves on the downside of a
false start? Remember those
New Year's resolutions?
Maybe change is precipitated by
a Mini-Samadhi (or, if you prefer,
mini: Satori, Self-Realization,
Enlightenment, Nondual Realization )
and a greater degree of getting in
touch with who we are and what we
really want in our lives. And maybe
the false starts are the result of
simply performing a ritual act
without the requisite awakening -
as in the New Year's ritual, or some
other external pressure or paradign
(also like much of the contemporary
churches` remaining rote ritual,
after the life has been squeezed
out of the original teachings).
When we listen to the expectations
put upon us, rather than attune to
our genuine inner workings - and
those may be tough to untangle,
we haven't put our heart into the
desired change, and the slightest
resistance or tempation will topple
the resolve. And that brings us to
the heart of the matter meditation.
Meditation has the capacity (or is
the tool for tapping into our inherent
capacity) to attune us to our higher
and genuine aspirations, sometimes
called our heart's desire. And
meditation can free us from the traps
of emotional manipulation that are
woven into the social fabric of our
existence by parents, teachers,
churches, peers, bosses, mass-hypnotic
media, spouses, significant,
and not-so-significant, others.
With meditation comes clarity, trust
in our own judgment and views, and an
abiding calm. And the fruit of this
abiding calm is love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, and self-control.
An interesting note is that "self-control"
is the last fruit.
(with a little help from Galatians 5:22)