As we go through life things happen to us to get us off course. Things that make us wonder about the true benevolence, kindness and love of life and the universe. The beauty of meditation is that when you meditate you truly get grounded with life and you are able to see how everything is really well and going the way it’s supposed to. You are doing your part, others are doing their part and together the world is a beautiful place for everyone to live in. As corny as it may sound, I truly believe you will find that meditation brings you to the point of recognizing the beauty of the world around you simply by forcing you to stop and recognize it.
But of course in this beautiful world we live in there is pain and there is suffering. When we are faced with this pain and suffering we are faced with two choices. One choice is to get stuck in that pain and we stay there for days, weeks, months, years, even an entire lifetime. The other choice is that we can work through that pain, come to terms with what it means for our life, how it’s actually there to help us grow and then grow from it. Because of these challenges in life it is important to stay grounded. It is important to stay close to the center of what life is all about, the beauty of life, the wonder of life. Meditation is really the most powerful tool, the most powerful force that you can draw upon to get through your day, through your year, through your life. When those challenges come, if you’re meditating every day, every night, it doesn’t take long to get re-grounded and re-centered back to why you are here, what your purpose is and what you’re supposed to learn from the challenges that are facing you right now.
Challenges will come; it’s a part of living. They help us grow, they help us become stronger and as we get stronger more challenges come. What meditation does is keep you so that when challenges come you are able to face them with a full cup. You’re able to face it grounded and with everything you have inside of you because you know and you are aware of who and what you are through meditation. There have been many challenges throughout my life and I feel that I have been blessed through each and every one of them because no matter what comes from each and every one of them I know that from my own personal experience, that no matter what comes my way I’m taking care of myself. I’m grounded in the purpose and meaning of life by being still, by being silent, by being present with what is.
If you learn to practice meditation every day you will find that when you are grounded you will be prepared for anything. When challenges come, because you are grounded and meditation has taught you that all is well, you will be able to face life’s challenges with understanding. It’s a feeling, a sense of “all is well” even if all right now doesn’t feel well or seem well to the immediate mind; yet deep inside, meditation helps us to be grounded and face the challenges in life with equanimity, with peace, with truly believing that in the end all will be well. Meditation teaches you to live in the here and now. No matter what’s happening right here, right now there’s always something beautiful to be with. Meditation also teaches us that when we focus on the now we lose the fear of what could be, what has been, because there is nothing that we cannot handle one breath at a time right now. It teaches us to say “What do I need to do right here and now to get over this hurdle at this moment?” and then approach the challenge grounded and capable. When you practice and live by this you will find that no matter how much you feel overwhelmed, over time you will be able to overcome any hurdle no matter how high it seems. This is why I encourage you to meditate every morning, every night; so that when life does challenge you – and it will – you will be able to handle these challenges one step at a time. You will be able to replenish yourself, fill yourself back up so that you can wake and approach each new day and the challenges that come with it.