"Everything can be used as an invitation to meditation. A smile, a face in the subway, the sight of a small flower growing in the pavement, a fall of rich cloth in a shop window, the way that the sun lights up flower pots on a windowsill. Be alert for any signs of beauty or grace. Offer up every joy, be awake at all moments, to "the new that is always arriving out of silence."
~ Sogyal Rinpoche, 20th century Buddhist scholar and teacher
What a powerful thought, friends. Let's do it!
Let's pick something—anything!—and make it our sole focal point. Say ... for 3 minutes. Could you do that?
I can and often do. Especially with things in nature, like this lovely flower from my garden. It's a potent invitation to just be with something in this way. To breathe it in, feast our eyes on its color, shape, and symmetry. To not think about it, but to simply be with it as it is.
To some this might sound airy fairy, hocus pocus, New Agey. Actually, it's Old Agey. A practice as old as time itself that enables us to let go of our thoughts of the past and concerns about the future. With intention and attention, they drift away and the ego becomes a distant stranger as we share a moment in time with a majestic friend.
This is all meditation is and can be. All it needs to be. Focused attention. When we engage with something in this way we are immersed in the Now; in the Flow of life as it is. No resistance. No worry, no hurry.
And, then, miraculously, when we give ourselves over to the experience peace through is ours.
I love this form of meditation and it's the one I use most often. It feels natural and oh, so healing. Equanimity is easily restored. I remember how things can be.
What can we meditate on? As Sogyal Rinpoche states: Anything. Let's not be picky or perfectionistic.
Today I meditated on maple leaves that were resting on the railing of our deck. I could have chosen macaroni or a book cover or the cracks in the wood floor. Anything. Anything used as a focal point can bring us back to where we belong.
At home in our bodies and in our world. Amen.
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©2012, Janice Lynne Lundy
is a touchpoint. a resting place, a "remembering" of who we really are and how we can best live—kindly and compassionately with ourselves and others.
Janice Lynne Lundy, DMin
is an educator, interspiritual director/guide and retreat leader who has been pointing people back toward the Sacred for more than twenty years. She is the author of several spiritual growth books, including Your Truest Self, My Deepest Me and Portable Peace., and is the co-founder and co-director of the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute.