The difference between feeling “hope” and “dread” depends upon how you choose to think about today, tomorrow, and all the days that follow. Marcus Aurelius, 2nd century ruler of the Roman empire and Stoic philosopher, wrote that “the happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” We should heed this wisdom in this time of chaos.
The American election is fraught with hope and dread. With our mindfulness practice we do not seek to diminish either experience. Rather, we notice and accept this activity of the mind/body, and in so doing come to “own it” rather than “it owning us.” In today’s meditation I chose to bring to mind a few words of wisdom to remind us of the relationship we have with our thoughts and feelings:
“We don’t meditate to improve ourselves; we meditate to end our compulsive striving to do everything better.”
Chris Germer, in The Mindful Path to Self Acceptance
“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable is manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.”
Fred Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers
During the meditation I chose to read a reminder from Hafiz, 14th Century Persian poet, that there is only one moment to live: now.
Now is the time
Now is the time to know
That all that you do is sacred.
Now, why not consider
A lasting truce with yourself and God?
Now is the time to understand
That all your ideas of right and wrong
Were just a child’s training wheels
To be laid aside
When you can finally live
with veracity and love.
Now is the time for the world to know
That every thought and action is sacred.
That this is the time
For you to compute the impossibility
That there is anything
Now is the season to know
That everything you do
Here is the video from today’s meditation:
And here is the audio: