Immersed in Meaning

Immersed in Meaning

We all long to immerse ourselves in something meaningful. Immerse ourselves so completely that we can dissolve into a vastness beyond our boundaries, beyond our conditions, and our little life and self.

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Creating a mandala is as painstaking as it is beautiful. Grain by grain, two Tibetan monks meticulously placed colored sand during the last two weeks on the campus of UC Irvine, forming a brightly hued pattern that’s said to attract “loving-kindness.”

We need to bring the same hospitality to meet that which is negative within us to that which is joyful and happy within us. Sometimes in avoiding or evading what is difficult in us we only encourage it to recur. what we nee is a new way of looking at that which is negative. There are treasures hidden in what is difficult within you.

We yearn to surrender to something bigger, grander, where our petty concerns unravel like the loosening of restrictive knots that bind us. We are happy with happy circumstances, but infinitely less happy than with what constitutes the restless longings of mind and heart.

How can we live in way that does not let external circumstances determine our state of mind and heart?

At times, I can let go of the illusion that the happiness that happy circumstances provide is enough for me, because they are obviously ephemeral, passing, contingent. It does not mean that I am unhappy but I can see through this form of happiness to the boundarylessness that is echoing in that happiness.

We are deeply attached to the things that hinder us. We have grown accustomed to them even though we are not happy with them. The things that we know compromise our heart are the things that we find so hard to let go of.

How can we be ruthlessly honest and endlessly compassionate towards the habits of the mind and heart that hinder us from taking a step forward into this vulnerability towards this boundarylessness that is closer to us than we are to our self?

The encouragement of this type of vulnerability is required as the right of passage into letting go of the claustrophobic, limited sense of self that hinders us from finding what we seek. It requires that we acknowledge our defensiveness, protective stance, and armoring every time in order to merge with that which holds the essence of this moment, and the meaning we seek.

Beyond that which we defend lies our treasure, that which holds our unique flavor of what is most meaningful to us.

This week’s e-Training Exercise 

1) This week, notice your opportunities for transforming negativity and make note of when:

• you hold your breath
• you feel your body stiffen
• your thoughts become defensive or offensive
• your words or emotions harden or crumble
• judgment or the fear of judgment arise
• you compare yourself to someone else
• you admonish yourself
• you judge or criticize yourself

Take a moment to feel into the flavour of that moment. Describe what you think you are defending, judging, criticizing or comparing. What attribute is behind that? Intelligence? Compassion? Power? Position? Safety? Love? Acceptance? Feel into what those particular circumstances symbolize for you, what they represent. That flavour or essence holds the secret of what is most meaningful to you.

We need to befriend that which is negative: not over analyse or dig away at it, but allow it to be healed, transfigured in the depths of your soul. Hand it over to your soul, acknowledging the potential for transformation and allowing into the potential it represents.

Next, surrender it to your soul. The soul is the ultimate protector of the unity of life. 

2) Every night before you go to sleep, focus on the well at the root of your soul: the wellspring of your soul.

Imagine that nourishing stream of belonging, ease, peace and delight, and imagine the refreshing waters of that gradually flowing up through the arid earth of the neglected side of your heart. During the night you will be in a constant process and state of refreshment, enrichment and belonging. It will bring a quiet happiness to your spirit.

 

To keep exploring what is most meaningful to you, join us for our next free webinar facilitated by Judyann.

 
Judyann McNamara – ND, DHom, CCH

Originally a physicist and biomedical researcher, Judyann has had a clinical practice for over 15 years, has held conferences since 1984 and has been a teacher of courses in physics, health sciences, homeopathy, holism and spirituality since 1975.  To learn more about Judyann, visit her profile page in our Professional Directory or click here to read more posts by Judyann.

 

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