More

“More,” essentially, is the addition to something, whether it is in substance, quantity, measurement, volume, emotion, degree, etc. You can see more, pretend more, imagine more, believe more and probably, most importantly, to the student of meditation, you could love more.

The student spoke with the teacher, “Teacher, I find myself struggling to understand a parable from ancient text. The story is of a father with two sons who left their father’s side to venture out into the world. One son found worldly success and an awareness of conscious presence; while the other squandered his time and wealth, falling into anguish and suffering. If I understand, when the second son returned his father loved him more.” The teacher lovingly replied, “Yes, it appears we do not choose suffering. That said, the majority of our fellow humans are driven by programmed, obsessive, compulsive thinking, like you and I are at times. Thinking that comes to mind and moves us in a certain direction or mindset which may lead to behaviors that interfere with the quality of our lives as well as those around us. It may appear humans are choosing the negative things they do. It appears their actions are purposeful, and in their control. They are asleep. Conscience presence is not in the forefront of their lives. We are all doing it… acting out. Some behaviors are accepted by some while at the same moment intolerable to others. Condemnation is not the cure for the woes in the world. Love is.  Not surrender, not vulnerability, not blind acceptance. Love. The father loved his son more because that’s what he needed.” The student replied, “I shall love them more.”

A meditation, try this on purpose, with intention; or don’t. Keep in mind, when you think of planning to put time aside for meditation you can do it now. Little or lengthy moments here and there to use meditation practices to bring you present. That said, a “love” meditation would consist of telling yourself you love you, once or a thousand times. Focus your attention on the reaction in your mind and body to the practice. Then tell yourself you love those beings and the situations around you. For instance I love so-and-so or I love this thing and that thing. Even those things you despise. You’re not changing your disgust or disappointment for a person or happening, you’re adding love and observing the results.

It’s a new day. Your day.

Embrace

“Embrace” has several meanings; the first, of course, is to hold, cuddle, clutch or hug someone or something lovingly or affectionately in your arms. You can also embrace something in your heart or mind, as with taking on an idea or an affection with your thoughts and emotions. As in “I embrace this moment fully,” to say I accept and love all the content the moment contains. We embrace many things, cultures, habits, ideals, theologies, situations, change, each other… The word holds what we think of as positive connotations. A deeper hidden meaning which includes thoughts and an awareness of feelings of love and acceptance. In most cases, it implies a state of present-moment activity, meaning when we embrace something it is more than likely happening in the now. We can say “we embraced that in the past,” or “I can’t wait to embrace them in the future;” yet, more often than not, we embrace things in the moment. It is these such moments that become the object of observation for the student of meditation.

The student sat with the teacher focusing on what they considered a road block on their journey to conscious awareness. The student said “Teacher, I find myself in the midst of many a conflict as I observe and digest the goings on around me. When it rains, I watch for the sun. I constantly desire things I don’t have while I am overwhelmed with abundance. I look for behaviors in people, society, or the world, which these things do not possess. And in my searching, my looking, my desire, I miss the splendor, wonder and joy the moments hold.” The teacher looked lovingly upon the student with compassion and understanding of their plight, and replied “Yes, desire, want, and longing have their place. Most often, a place in need of observation and understanding. These thoughts and their accompanying emotions are often a trap of the conditioned mind. I’m here, yet preoccupied by a desire to be there, like standing in the midst of a beautiful forest, yet wanting and longing to be at the beach. As a student and a teacher we learn to embrace the moment. Acknowledging the thought stream as it whirls by with its distractive thinking while we bring our attention to that and even who that is before us in the present moment. Focus attention on the moment; lovingly embrace what it contains. Even the things we may label as negative are much better handled when we accept them for what they are. Embracing the moment when our lives truly unfold is an important step on our road to conscious aware presence.” 

A meditation, try it out here and there when and if it comes to mind, or do not. Start off with a present moment meditation (acknowledge each thing and happening as you become aware of it). For instance, I heard an animal making a noise, I just thought of a friend, I feel my feet, I heard a sound, saw something move, etc.  Then, or simultaneously, bring your thoughts to embracing the moment and all it contains. Don’t merely observe, but purposely embrace everything going on around you. Be aware if desire steps in, observe that, then return your focus to lovingly embracing all the moment has to offer.

It’s a new day! Your day.