Times are difficult you know. News cycles. Pandemic. Death and dying. Ignorance and bliss. False prophets say take to the streets. False presidents encourage them. So I say it’s time for a time out. Like on school playgrounds when someone went too far. Teachers and supervisors would give them a timeout.
My time out is not really out. It’s more like moments to acknowledge the things but see them as things. There are irritations and unhappiness. Bad and good. In many moments I see them with more clarity and equanimity. Thanks to meditating and daily practice. It’s not sitting in some position and saying some word or phrase. I call this modern meditation. It’s about bringing things to a point and then focusing on the point. The instructor calls it a home base. Maybe it’s breathing or a noise. It can change all the time. The truth is to choose a thing and then focus on it. Thoughts and feelings come all the time. So what. Let them. See them.
What has it done for me?
It’s done a few big things and many small ones. I feel better each day for it. More able to take hold and see and let go. I feel at peace with it. Able to see my things before and beyond with more depth and clarity. It’s not about letting go. It’s about grabbing on. It’s not losing yourself in mantras. It’s finding yourself in moments. Big and small things when you are an old retired guy in a country you really cannot leave nor do you want to. It grants little and big things as you want. Will it work for you? Probably or not. I don’t know.
What I do know is these are challenging and difficult times whatever your circumstances. For me the 10 or 20 minutes a day has been very good.
Find a thing for you. You deserve.