Life as a Meditation

Well, we have heard of sitting meditation where we set aside part of our day to settle our "monkey-mind", to calm down our mind and tap into the emptiness, or the vastness of the subconscious. The effects of this meditation practice certainly pours into the rest of our day. It affects positively our mind, our outlook on life and our physical health and vitality.

Now how about taking meditation into the rest of the day? What if we could meditate during all the waking hours? And how about doing that without sitting and being for that entire time! If we can take the principles and teachings of our meditation practice into our engagement with the world, then our entire life would become a meditation practice.

How to do it? Try this as an experiment. We are bringing complete focus to whatever we are doing or however we are being in the moment. For some this can mean dropping the temptation of multi-tasking and focussing on one thing. For others, who require multi-tasking in order to be completely present (emergency health professionals for example or a one-man musician playing the drum, the harmonica and the guitar!), becoming acutely present in the moment to fully give themselves to the task at hand.

Try this for half a day or an hour. Whatever you are doing, do it with utmost focus and concentration. Become aware of all the thoughts that emerge that may not be necessary at this moment. Let them be. Let them dissolve. This can be the moment when you drop into flow, become open to intuition and allow your creative energy to flow into that which you are doing.

Let our lives become a meditation.