The “story of me” might be making me sick.
Lately I’ve been reading a lot on meditation. Thich Nhat Hanh, Jon-Kabat Zinn (again, I keep going back to him), the Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra, and even a new fellow named Martin Boroson, who makes meditation very simple, who offers a wonderful video called “One Moment Meditation” which I urge you to check out, at his website, at onemomentmeditation.com.
But the most powerful phrase that has occurred to me out of my reading and viewing is in a video of Jon Kabat-Zinn at Google, giving a 75-minute lecture on mindfulness, linked here.
The most important and helpful thought during meditation, which Deepak Chopra also teaches, is “Who is talking (in my head)? Who is doing the noticing that I am talking?”
And when meditative awareness is occurring, I am reminded of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s insight that “We are all so caught up in the Story of Me.” He goes on to explain that we are focused on MY life, what it is that “I” am doing, what makes ME happy, what makes ME miserable. And in getting so caught up, actually miss life. Or, as he says in the video linked here, ”Our opinions of ourselves actually get in the way of being ourselves.”
This ego thing is responsible for missing my life and not enjoying it. Why do “I” need to have a story of “my life” in the first place?
Reiki teaches, at its highest understanding, that interconnection is the only truth and that separation in time or space does not exist. If that is really true, what does the Story of Me matter?
All ponderings for my own meditation practice. And maybe yours too, if you wish.