Sorry that this meditation is a little late, I was at an Ingrid Michaelson concert in Tuscon (I wish there was a meditation for learning to tolerate cities you loathe, but I have nothing for that right now)…of course this also meant I didn’t have time to find a line in the holy book I was thinking of doing for this week…but no matter. I was instead struck by a line of equal depth and wisdom this weekend:
“Don’t waste a minute on the darkness and the pity sitting in mind.”
This line of course comes from Michaleson’s new song “Do It Now” (If you’re not familiar with the music of Ingrid Michaelson…you life is that much sadder. I would really suggest you familiarize yourself with her music…even her depressing stuff if uplifting. I have loved Ingrid’s music ever since I first heard “The Way I Am” on a commercial and have yet to be disappointed by anything she has put out…there is even an oblique reference to one of her songs in Republicans and Reincarnation ”if you know what I mean”) Now while the line itself is almost a little too obvious in it’s call to banish negativity from your mind to justify a whole blog… looking at the whole song does get quite a bit more involved.
“You say that you’ve got nothing left,
there’s nothing left in you to find.
You’ve gonna ride it out, gonna wait it out,
living to die, you’re living to die.
No one’s going to wait for you.
So do it now.
Do it right now.
Don’t waste a minute on the darkness and the pity
Sitting in your mind and:
Do it Right Now.”
Again pretty clear at most levels. Life moves on while you wait for things to happen, and if you’re just waiting for life to open up and give you everything you need or allow you to do what you want, you’re going to be waiting a long, long time. And the song is pretty clear, since you can’t wait for everything you want, you have to go and get it. Now this is a basic of the law of attraction, that you have to act first and the universe will respond only after you have started to act…although I am not saying Michaelson is making such a claim, only that it matches up with the overarching beliefs of this blog.
Now I could go on about that need to move in the direction you want to go, to “Do it now”…but while I love the Taoism and Buddhism in many things, simply firing the unaimed arrow that never misses it’s mark sometimes lacks the ability to make the progress we sometimes need to find (there is a time and place for the unaimed arrow, and a time for purpose, I trust your reason to decide what you need right now). So before we can deal with doing what you should do in life to fulfill your purpose in life you need to know what that purpose is?
So before you can “do it right now” you need to understand what the it is, the purpose of this particular life (as the purpose of life in general is to learn and to be happy…but this particular life that may manifest in any number of ways).
Now if you already know what your purpose in this life is, great for you (please understand you’re probably in the minority). So this week I would like you to focus on asking the universe what your purpose in this life is.
May I suggest:
Start and end each day this week with daily prayer to God (or whatever force you believe in). Follow each prayer with at least 15 minutes of meditation. First clear your mind and chakras of all negative energy, then just clear your mind and after it has been cleared for a minute or two repeat your prayer for knowledge of the purpose of this life (or perhaps of this portion of your life).
As you go through your day also look for signs or repeated occurrences as this is one of the easiest ways the universe does reveal things to you…but you have to be open to seeing them (for instance if you see about ten ads for a cooking course in real life and a whole plot involving cooking on your favorite TV show and…I’m sure you get the idea…and you’ve always want to try being a cook this might be the universe’s way of getting in touch with you). In fact it helps if your prayer includes a request for God or whatever power you believe in to be as blunt as possible without any subtlety or finesse…it works sometimes.
Finally, keep a journal for each day (or at least mentally review what happened). Through this process you’ll notice patterns and ideas that may have alluded you at first but which become obvious on reflection.
Next week we’ll obviously deal with how to put any revelations you have this week into practice…but first ask yourself and the universe what should I be doing right now…