I sat down to meditate
this afternoon and
was immediately distracted
by the dish washer
roaring in the background.
I breathed deeply,
however, and soon I was letting myself
be in the moment.
Settling into mindfulness
I was able to think about
the dish washer and what it was doing
and not just the noise it was making.
Then I focused on the interconnectivity
of all things and my concentration floated
back to the dish washer--
this time with new ears and awareness.
I had the realization that without the noise
I would not have clean dishes!!
I smiled and thanked the dish washer
(and the noise) in helping me live an easier life.
My mental formation was, "What a great invention" rather then, "That machine is so noisey. I hate the dish washer."
What a difference mindfulness brings to ones state of mind.
A few deep breaths later I began to hear something beautiful
in the noise. It sounded just like the waves of an ocean
crashing onto a rocky beach!! I settled into that image
and soon my breath was in sink with the in's and out's of the waves.
It was so nice to meditate along a beach this afternoon.
~Peace to all beings~
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Posted by They call him James Ure at 5:02 PM