: Puzzling :

The truth knocks on the door and you say, “Go away, I’m looking for the truth,” and so it goes away. Puzzling-

Meditation is like that. Full of seemingly impossible contradictions! Meditation is tedious and difficult to write about given our connected-analytic nature. Meditation is much easier to explain to someone who habitually thinks poetically. Like the inspired yoga instructor who creates a magical flowing class off the top of their head, or the mountain biker who flows with little effort on tight single-track. Meditation, my kind of Meditation that is Centers on expanding our logical thinking into poetic and logical thinking. Still with me?!?

How then do we tap into being both a logical thinker, in addition, to being a poetic thinker? This is the essential transformation that a deeply rooted Meditation-Mindfulness practice teaches us.

Allow me to change logical thinker and poetic thinker into – Mind and Heart.

A few years ago, I decided to attend a local workshop and “learn” to meditate. The plan was to attend this workshop, receive a mantra or whatever and instantly become healthier, increase my focus, and calm my crazy mind in like, 13 1/2 minutes of practice twice a day. That was the promise printed on the meditation workshop website. I was “that dude” at the time before tearing my knees apart. An over-achieving runner, and I prided myself on the hard, mindless work I put in daily. Maybe this mindfulness meditation stuff would help me compete at a higher level?!?

On the day of the workshop, as I signed in and unfolded my freezing yoga mat in the picturesque studio, something began to stir within my mind and heart. I had a warm sense of excitement and anticipation that quite surprised me. I literally had no idea what to expect from this class, however in some “weird” way, I resonated with the people who were presenting the workshop and my fellow class mates – Each one of them had a sense of calm that was palpable and real. I listened attentively to their words and the stories they shared, but it was something far beyond the resonating words that was connecting with me, stirring my soul. It’s as though I had passed through a doorway into a serene, peaceful place where my heart expanded and connected to world spinning around me.

This was the first time that I had an awareness of my mind, separate from the peaceful part of my heart.

Daily Meditation:

There are two ways of experiencing Mindfulness … Mind and Heart.

CultFit Heart

11 Comments on “: Puzzling :”

  1. gamanrad says:

    You’re a great person. I have started allotting an hour to focussing on mindfulness in activity, whatever I’m doing. It’s really interesting how some activities (like having a shower…) are really hard to remain mindful during – surprising – while others (driving….) are much easier. But what is this Zen, this Chan, this state of meditative awareness, the truth we’re looking for? It’s right here, right now, always present. It’s awareness itself, the observational attitude that is naturally deeply compassionate, realising and releasing its enmeshment. Now, back to work!

    • CultFit says:

      You my friend, are way too kind and you bring up a wonderful topic of duality that we should explore and discuss more often – Embracing the present moment in our hyper connected – to do list world.
      May your heart be filled with happiness this morning and please take care 🙂

  2. “Competing at a higher level” – ha!

  3. sara says:

    More please 🙂 I was interested to hear you talk about our poetic mind, and how it can understand and communicate about esoteric things like meditation (and nature, beauty, love and God). I have one of those minds, and those things are mostly what I want to write about. Our intellectual brain is good too, it just shouldn’t’ hog the stage all the time!

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