Greetings of Springtime! Or is it? We just received about a foot of snow here in the Berkshires. The day after it snowed the sun was out, not a cloud in the sky. It was crisp and cool but so beautiful. I shoveled out my grill and bird feeder and thoroughly enjoyed doing it. Then I gathered up more fire wood and stoked our wood stove perhaps for the last time of the season.
Anyway, the weather is a great excuse for being spontaneous. But are you prepared for spontaneity? That’s kind of an oxymoron, isn’t it? How do you prepare for spontaneity? The answer is meditation.
There are many benefits of a meditation practice. Being able to change on a dime and shift your plan spontaneously is a result of being in the present moment. This takes practice. Years ago before I started to meditate, I was challenged by my changing reality. I just wanted everything to stay the same. You can ask my wife, Ann. Changing me was like trying to turn the Titanic – attached to my plan, anchored in the notion that there’s only one way to do something – my way! Meditation has helped me let go of “me” and “mine” to see beyond my own limited perceptions. Meditation broadened my perspective on life which has allowed me more space to be happy. If I don’t get what I want, I don’t freak out about it. I just let go. When I was studying to become a monk at Kripalu Center back in the ashram days, I started to consider that I might want to be in a relationship. My relationship coach (who was also my triathlon/marathon buddy) used to council […]