How to Meditate (a poem)
In the morning
But be still and quiet
Notice the now
Notice how the mind wanders, and where
All the time. All over the place. Everywhere and nowhere. Empty and full at once. A silly monkey. A bumbling puppy. A mirror. The ocean. This is the mind.
To the back then or the what-if
The past and the future. Any time but the present. Memories, plans. Nostalgia, aspirations. Regrets, expectations. Judgment. Sit and notice your mind without getting involved.
Come back to the breath
For the duration of a stick of lavender incense? Or a steamy mug of chamomile with honey? Or a song?
For one breath in and one breath out.
And another and another and another
oh how grateful i am for this life for this breath
thank you god for this day and this life
Rise up and go on about your crazy day
Carry the benefits with you
The calm, kind presence
When anger arises,
When fear arises, when hatred arises, when ego flares up and shouts i am the best (or) i am the worst—when insanity arises—come back to the breath
This goes for formal meditation and daily live experiences alike
Give the merits away
Dedicate your efforts to the benefit of all beings
Press the palms together, look up at the blue sky, feel your connection to the green earth, bow forward and love
This is how we live our yoga
This is how we live our dharma