This weekend’s “From Busy Mind to Meditation” workshop that I led at Unity of Wilmington was amazing! If you have never been to one of my workshops, I try to conduct them in a very open and easy going way, more like a group conversation. I encourage participants to take notes, ask questions at any time, or to interject anything that may come to mind, and so far, every workshop has taken on a life of its own. This past weekend was especially powerful, as we were a smaller group, I sat on the floor, and most everyone in the group engaged easily in the conversation.
About three quarters of the way into the workshop, a man who had been quiet the entire time suddenly spoke up. He began with a quote from Yoda:
A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind. This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away… to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing. Hmph. Adventure. Heh. Excitement. Heh. A Jedi craves not these things.
“Never his mind on where he was” being the line most about what we were discussing. The man then suddenly looked at me and said “So what’s your battle plan?” YES!!!! I knew immediately that this man had suffered and was a victim to his own mind in the way that I have suffered in the past. Nobody would use the phrase “battle plan” during a meditation workshop who didn’t truly understand, who hadn’t been under great duress.
I responded “You have to take it by force!” You must train your brain to focus and at first, the brain is going to fight like mad. The brain is used to being in charge, and it will remain in charge until you put in the persistent and dedicated practice of mind focus exercises. If you cannot control your brain, how can you meditate? If you do not decide what you are going to think about, and when, and for how long, then how will you meditate? You won’t. (Just for the record, the mind focus exercise I most teach, and had been discussing on this way, is counting and observing your breath for a 25 count.)
Once you win the battle just one time, you will then know that you are the elephant and the mind is the mouse. You are a soul! You are a self, a Spirit, a Christ Consciousness, a Divine Being! You are much more than your mind.
At the end of the workshop I received such a nice compliment from this man. He said “I want to thank you, because I have been to church’s, monastery’s, and all over the place, searching for answers, and you just gave them to me.”
A very abundant and prosperous life I lead, thanks to all the people that are a part of it!
Many Blessings to you!