Contributor: Mollie Player
Sometimes, you decide where you want to end up, then purposely take steps to get there. Other times, you just stop and look around you and see where you’re at and realize, “Hey, this is exactly where I wanted to be all along.”
Recently, I found myself experiencing one of the latter kinds of times when, for the first time in my life, I actually enjoyed meditation.
And it didn’t happen just once. Over the past several months, I’ve learned to enjoy this form of prayer more than any other–even more than my affirmations which, along with my walks, have heretofore been my favorite spiritual practice, and one that I thought that nothing else could beat.
So how, then, did this happen? The answer: I read a book–a really, really good one. Reading books is, after all, one of my secrets to life, and I credit it with more small and large personal victories than anyone would reasonably guess.
In any case. The lesson came from a book, and its one you’ve probably even heard of–maybe even read yourself: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. If you haven’t, though, let me just say: it’s fantastic.
Here’s my nutshell-sized summary of its contents: It teaches people how to use their physical environments, particularly their bodies, to increase their awareness of the Divine.
So, yeah. Really, really good stuff.
Now, at this point there’s something you should know: Until this time, I have never been able to meditate. I’ve tried and tried and failed and failed, then finally, realizing it just wasn’t going to work out, given up. But several months ago, after this my third reading of this powerful book, something finally clicked. I finally got it–what meditation really is and how it’s done.
And ever since then, it’s been my favorite thing in the world.
Now, I don’t have the time to do it as much as I’d like. However, slowly I am building up the habit, and I believe that eventually I’ll get to the point where I am able to meditate for an hour or two every day (though admittedly I have no plans to keep adding time after that!).
So, even though I’m not exactly sure how or why I attracted this lesson into my life, it is clear to me that I did. By seeking greater spiritual understanding in general (which is what caused me to read the book again in the first place), I found what I hadn’t realized I was looking for all along.
It’s spirituality for the rest of us.
Eckhart Tolle is awesome. So are Byron Katie and all those Buddhist monks we hear about. Why, then, doesn’t their advice immediately solve all our most pressing spiritual problems?
Why are their results so difficult to replicate?
More Stuff to Read:
Some Spiritual Practices Actually Work. It’s Amazing.
There are hundreds of spiritual techniques for overcoming depression and increasing inner peace. Here, stories about the ones that actually work. (In some posts, I rate the practices on a scale of 1-10, too. Sort of like county fair pumpkins, but more spiritual.)
These Are the Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday
Kids, here it is. Have at it.
- Spiritual-But-Not-Religious Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday
- All Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday
I’m a Partner, a Mom, a Friend, a Mom, a Sister, a Daughter, a Businessperson and a Mom. Here’s What Helps.
Don’t read this section. It’s nonsense, mostly.
- My Mostly Ridiculous Self-Improvement Journal
- 150 Life Hacks for Getting Suddenly Awesome
- Suddenly Awesome Miscellany (And, Let’s Be Real: Book Promos)