There will come a time in life when you know many things and have learned much in our saturated world of information overload. All the knowledge seems to lead to an unexplained emptiness, an unfulfilled feeling of still wanting to know; what is the purpose of life and why is it the way it is?
The restless feeling is a symptom of not being able to get in touch with the real you, the person and individual that you are. You go from idea to idea and one perfect solution to the next. Each thing being offered sounds or looks better than the one you saw yesterday. Tomorrow there will be a new one to look at.
Why does the road to finding your passion, your niche, your path lead to so many different passions or niches? This is because it is not the real you and you do not know yourself as you really are.
What ends the restlessness?
Meditation. The simple art and practice of meditation with all its humbleness knowing no level or education or degree or sophistication whatsoever, just the simplicity of contemplation.
If meditation is so simple why are so many people afraid to meditate? The fear of meditating and finding oneself is a superstitious one and usually based on ignorance of what meditation is and how it works. Another problem is that you are afraid to sit in the silence as to what you might discover about yourself.
Our egos are large and we think we we have it all figured out but we don’t. The process of life itself is the journey of learning to function within something called your life. Its puzzle is meant to be figured out by you, who else is going to do it for you. One of the main problems in life is that we do indeed leave someone else to figure things out for ourselves. We place the authority upon someone else to think for us or to tell us what to do.
Obedience to what is expected of us and what we should do creates the restlessness that starts as a vague feeling of dissatisfaction.
Think about these questions
- Do you find yourself eating a little more than you should?
- Do you stay up late and watch movies when you should be sleeping?
- Do you go out with friends and have too much to drink?
- Do you think I’ll do this tomorrow when I get more time?
- Are you distracted and unable to concentrate?
These are all signs of the restlessness that you have to take stock of what is going on and begin to think about doing things differently. A simple change in the way you think about something will result in changing your life. It may sound dramatic but it is true that when you implement the simple practice of meditation it starts to get interesting.
No one can convince you of these things until you are willing to try it for yourself. We can watch others do it and speculate about what they do and think but we are on the outside looking in. The only way to find out is to do it for yourself.
The method and practice of meditation will depend on where you go to find instruction about Meditation. The practice itself is so principled you can’t really go wrong in finding a meditation teacher. We are naturally drawn to the right people in our lives to help us along the way. It is no accident when you ‘stumble upon’ a relevant book or meet someone who presents you with exactly what you need at the time you need it.
If you are interested in meditating contact me. I have been meditating for thirty something years and have found it to be the most resourceful of any practice. The inner contemplation has shown me many aspects of myself and I have come to know some things, but there is no end to learning and no mountain top to reach and therefore you now know all there is to know. The journey of knowing the true self changes the view.
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