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
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