Sunday, August 27, 2017

Meditate to remember

"You don't have a soul.  You are a soul.
You have a body."
C.S Lewis 

For about two years my friend Aaron Conner has been encouraging me to get back to my meditation practice, patiently waiting for me to find that space again.  Last Sunday, I finally made the drive to Body Synergie in Rockwall for the 2:00 pm True Awareness Sangha.  Returning to a mindful practice always feels like coming home, and Aaron's warm smile and calm presence filled the dimly lit room with instant sunshine.

In the past, meditation has helped me to look inward to see who I am, but last week Aaron shared that meditation can also show us what (who) we are not.

We are not our bodies, small and vulnerable.  Too fat, too thin, too old, too tired.
We are not our egos, thinking we're more impressive when we put on airs.
We are not our minds, filled with fear and doubt.
We are not carpool lines or trips to the grocery store.
We are not excel spreadsheets or Google, or schedules.
We are not our addictions or illnesses.
We are not our past.
We are not our future.

A Course in Miracles states:  "The journey into darkness has been long and cruel, and you have gone deep into it."  
You are only love and light, perfect in every way.
Perhaps instead of busying ourselves to forget, we could take a few minutes to get still, sit quietly, and meditate to remember.