When I was thirteen my grandmother who was a trainer with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s TM movement, intiated me into transcendental meditation. Then I would meticulous, and importantly carve that 15mnts in the morning, and 15mnts in the evening for meditation. Every Saturday we had our “talks with Maharishi” but as I grew older time became a premium. It was difficult for me to do everything the first casualty was meditation.
I did not get back into the meditation track until last year though I did do chants on and off. What I find is that daily meditation helps me to centre for the day..
Its not just me, many of my peers, observed the same thing, that the first thing that tends to get cut in busy schedule is the meditative slot. My husband has a different take on this, he says when we focus our energy and attend to something we are meditating what we are cutting out is on the internal communication, or the contemplation. Some would like to refer to this as sitting in silence. The more stressed the day or rather cluttered the day, the greater is the need for this quiet time.
This time crunch could be dealt by either expanding our meditation time in the morning by a few minutes, or taking a few minutes of to meditate during the day. Even 5-10 mnts would suffice. The idea, is we let the brain thought flow rest a while. Doing dishes, or heading to work can wait a while. I realized that whether I did the dishes at 8pm or 8.05 pm made no difference.
Carving out the niche time was the primary challenge for me, what I did, was in the morning I wake up at my time, but I keep things ready for the next day as I am watching television this keeps the mundane in focus. Just before night I put aside 10mnts to do meditation. This practise has made my sleep toxic free, as plan your next day, or analysis of the day gone by does not happen. the fall out is I am more centered and more effective in everything I do.
I shall leave with you a quote from Osho—
“I’m simply saying that there is a way to be sane. I’m saying that you can get rid of all this insanity created by the past in you. Just by being a simple witness of your thought processes.
It is simply sitting silently, witnessing the thoughts, passing before you. Just witnessing, not interfering not even judging, because the moment you judge you have lost the pure witness. The moment you say “this is good, this is bad,” you have already jumped onto the thought process.
It takes a little time to create a gap between the witness and the mind. Once the gap is there, you are in for a great surprise, that you are not the mind, that you are the witness, a watcher.
And this process of watching is the very alchemy of real religion. Because as you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, thoughts start disappearing. You are, but the mind is utterly empty.
That’s the moment of enlightenment. That is the moment that you become for the first time an unconditioned, sane, really free human being.”