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Are you medicating?

A light

Just go into the room, sit in the centre of the room, open the doors and windows, and see who comes to visit.  You will witness all kinds of scenes and actors, all kinds of temptations and stories, everything imaginable.  Your only job is to stay in your seat.  You will see it all arise and pass, and out of this, wisdom and understanding will come.

~ Ajahn Chah

A tiny piece of earth contained

During our snow day yesterday, I went to the Great Room, lit a candle, had a seat on the floor, and prepared to meditate.  I stretched a little, loosened up, took some deep breaths.  Smiled.

M walked into the room, and asked me a question that was worded exactly the way he wanted to word it, and perfectly timed and delivered.  The question was, “Are you medicating?”  What he was asking was, “Are you meditating?” because he didn’t want to interrupt, but his twist on the word was purposeful and appropriate.

I smiled a big, universe-encompassing, soul-expanding smile.  I laughed a deep, heart-delighted laugh.  And I answered, “Why, yes!!  Yes!  I am!”  One simple little change, switching one letter in the word, was such a surprise and a revelation.

A day later, the question still makes me smile a big smile, and with that comes an instant relaxation.  No pill on earth could work as quickly or as well.

How are you medicating?


The meditation that gives you immediate joy or continuous joy is the best meditation for you.  Everyone will not have the same meditation.  Your meditation will not suit me, my meditation will not suit you.  You like a certain food, I don’t like it.  You are right in your own way, I am right in my own way.  But once you know what your best meditation is, please stick to it.

~ Sri Chinmoy



Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

19 thoughts on “Are you medicating?

  1. Sorry, that is such a funny line?! Suppose we’d be better off meditating than medicating, right?! And I LOVE the second photo in this post, the grass in the blue, glass bottle. Gorgeous.

    Hugs from Ecuador,


    1. Thank you, Kathy. 🙂 I wondered if this would be confusing. It was funny to me because I’ve been dealing with some anxiety issues lately, and meditation has helped with that. When M asked, “Are you medicating?” he was asking if I was meditating (because he didn’t want to interrupt), but he twisted it a bit because he knows it is, in a way, my medication for the problem. Self-medicating is usually not recommended (since a lot people use food or alcohol or other drugs). Meditation, however, is on the to-do list to help with anxiety so it’s a form of self-medication. I was, in fact, medicating when I was meditating. 😀 (I suspect that made things about as clear as mud. lol! Perhaps it’s one of those “you had to be there” things.)


  2. the perfect medication …. I love your candle photos and that big smiles keeps coming to me too … I must do some medication of my own soon … smile and all 🙂 xxx


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