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.

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Inner peace may mean different things to different people. Some may believe that inner peace is different for all of us, which can also make defining inner peace a challenge. For many of us, the desire for inner peace can be clouded by definition or in our inability to possess the knowledge to find such a state of being. For myself, inner peace is a mental state of being not clouded by the repetitive conditioned programmed thinking of my mind. A state of being where my true conscious self is separate from the manipulation of my thought stream. Like too many people, I had a rough start. I was raised in the 1960s during a time where the line between discipline and abuse had not yet been drawn by society and where, in many homes, neglect and victimization was the norm. In too many arenas, it is still the same for many unfortunate children and young people today. As a result of the environment I was raised in, I spent most of my twenties in a state of mental anguish. At the age of 27 I came to the understanding that abusing drugs and alcohol was not the answer for dealing with a tortured mind, and though I was able to accomplish and attain many material things that the world had to offer, I wanted something more, inner peace. After being diagnosed with institutional grade PTSD and several sever forms of depression, I decided to take on the challenge of psychoanalytic therapy. For 13 years, I worked with therapists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, and medical doctors to address the disorders that were the result of my upbringing. I included personal studies of psychology and human behavior to add more knowledge in my pursuit of wellness. By the age of 40, as I had always done, I was sharing the knowledge I had gained and my life experience with others with similar situations to my own. Despite my efforts, I could still not separate from the mind of a manic depressive. I could not attain inner peace. My desire for inner peace led me to meditation. Meditation is a practice that separates us from the workings of the conditioned programmed mind and the endless stream of thought. After several months of mediation studies and practice, I began to feel the separation of my true self from the confines and mental torture of my own mind. At that moment a new, although difficult, journey had begun. I spent years of riding the roller-coaster of mental anguish and peace as I continued my struggle to mental freedom. Now, 18 years since my meditation studies commenced, I find myself in a state of conscious presence that allows me to live peacefully with a mind suffering from mental illness. My journey has included sharing my knowledge and understanding of the inner workings of the mind with others to help them attain peace and joy as I have; aiding them in their quest to escape the suffering of the confines of their programmed conditioned minds. I have recently taken my teaching to a new level, carrying myself as a published writer, teaching mediation and sharing the knowledge of the ability for each and every one of us to achieve our natural state of being, which is peace, love and joy.