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Tahlia Newland

I'm so glad I learned to meditate

I remember Sogyal Rinpoche saying that learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself. He was right. The best thing I ever did, not just for myself but for everyone around me, was to take the time I did to learn to meditate so that I can snap my fingers / switch my perspective / turn my mind and instead of being confused, frustrated, rushed and tense, I become calm, clear and  undistractracted. It's a kind of magic. I feel the tension and stress fall away. A smile blossoms on my face and in my heart. My work proceeds more efficiently and I am more empathetic to others.

 

Mind you, I still don't manage to get round to doing the housework.

I've been incredibly busy lately, not only did i just publish another book, which means that I have to do all the advertising business after the event as well, but I am also setting up a new website on behalf of a bunch of talented but mostly unsung authors, and organizing promotional events to happen next month. I didn't plan any of the latter. It just happened from an inspired moment (I made us a Facebook group, so we could talk about such things), they became inspired, and one thing led to another. Driven by the needs of others, I suddenly find myself wizzing along at a hundred miles an hour. Thankfully, I know how to stop.

The tab on my browser that I'm waiting to load takes a few seconds. I lift my eyes to the shelf above my laptop, see an inspiring image and relax and release my mind. In an instant, I am refreshed, revived. My mind opens and all the nonsense and unreality of what I'm doing falls away. My perspective shifts. Priorities become clear, all in an instant. What a gift. It's wonderful to suddenly realise that the deadline you were sweating over isn't really that important in the overall scheme of things, this mind state is, because that is how I want to be at the moment of my death. Actually, I want to be like that every moment of the day, but at the moment, I have to be satisfied with the few times a day that I remember to make the switch from looking out, to looking in. Every time, I remember, it makes a huge difference and every time, I am grateful. Thank you Sogyal Rinpoche for teaching me to meditate. Thank you to me for spending those two to three hours a day studying and practicing dharma for the 12 years of my life when I focused on it.

 

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