meditating on meditation

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To me, meditation is any moment in which we experience silence, peace, balance, beauty, depth, clarity, mystery…

According to that definition, almost all of us, at one time or another, qualify as meditators.  We need not contort our legs into a pretzel position.

Not that there’s anything wrong with being a human pretzel!  Though I don’t go into a lotus position and murmur “OMMMMMM”, I do sit with my eyes closed and focus on my chakras.

Some might say I’m trying to escape reality.  But if that’s true, then why do I so often “forget” to meditate?  Why do I find it so hard to stop for just fifteen minutes a day?  When I want to escape (which is often), I don’t try to focus my attention—I let it drift.

To me, meditation—whatever form it takes—is not a retreat from life, but an effort to imbibe life more fully…

…an effort to deepen our sense of this grand mystery…to again realize our own spirituality.

As our wise ones have told us: nearly any activity can bring us to that experience, if we remain in the moment while engaged in the activity.

That’s especially hard to do in a world filled with bells and whistles, a world encouraging us to multi-task…

I like that world.  I like the stimulation.  However, I don’t find that circus world to be a stable reality.  I don’t think it puts anything solid under our feet…

For that, I rely on my moments of meditation…meditation broadly defined.

© 2014, Michael R. Patton
listening to silence: poems of meditation


About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, and fabulist...A new mythologist, a peace miller, a dream worker...I don't qualify as an illustrator or photographer--I just "make pictures"...I have thirteen books available at amazon... I currently reside in northwest Arkansas, but have lived and worked all over the United States... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.
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