I know from speaking with Lorre than many Luxury Blog readers are into investing. I, too, am getting into the world of investing and earning through passive income streams. Recently, I had a conversation with a student that got me thinking about the practice of meditation and the INCREDIBLE returns it offers on our investment of time, effort, and sincerity.
When I say meditation, I mean the practice, but I also mean the whole "inner garden" that becomes illumined through the practice. It's the whole awakened inner experience. Meditation is the most generous, patient, and forgiving teacher.
The people who study meditation with me are constantly going through a kind of "pulsation" with their practice. They practice, then they slack off, then the practice again, then they slow down, etc... This is a very natural part of the practice. Even among the hardcore, there is a pulsation coming in and out of deeper states of consciousness and intensity of practice. The point here is that the practice ALWAYS welcomes you back. No matter how long you stay away- no matter how much you rebel against the practice, the practice welcomes you back. It will wait days. It will wait years. Whenever we come back, the practice is ready to SHOWER us with reward for our efforts.
Don't be mislead when you hear that meditation is "not about reward". Teachers say that to minimize student's expectations and frustration. Take it from me, there are HUGE rewards that come from meditation practice. Especially after making a 'little' investment. If you are sincere- even a tiny bit of practice will yield a tremendous sense of inner peace and presence of mind.
I see it happen again and again in my client's practice. They will be in a terrible state of mind, or their life is crashing down around , their bodies are going through crisis. And then they remember meditation.
They decide to just stop what they're doing and close their eyes for a moment. They remember their meditation technique, or their mantra, or they say some kind of sincere prayer. They watch their breath. They relax their body for a moment.
Invariably, like magic, a shift happens.
They make a little investment- a couple of minutes or a couple of hours. They take a little risk: What if it doesn't work? What if my five minutes are wasted?
Again and again, meditation investors come away from their deal very happy. Try it- see what happens. Take five minutes and watch the flow of your breath. Take the time to step out of the flow of your outer life and invest just a few seconds in your inner life. Do it right now. Take your hand off of your mouse. Go ahead.... let go. Now, close your eyes and just retreat into yourself for 10 breaths.
Imagine what happens when those 10 wonderful breaths become one hundred.
David Harshada Wagner is a meditation teacher, stress management consultant and founder of Banyan Education. Email Banyan to find more about David's meditation therapy sessions, inner life consulting, and small group classes. email@example.com