Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Mystery Of The Moors

Today our tour takes us to the fog-shrouded highlands of Scotland. Everyone knows about the famous moors that surely you’ve seen in an old Sherlock Holmes movie. I used to love watching those movies on a lazy weekend afternoon, and I still occasionally watch one. These highlands can be a place of great danger to travel through, especially at night, where one false step can lead to death, or an encounter with a dangerous person who is evading the law by hiding there. The fog can be thick and a great hindrance to one who attempts to cross, perhaps only by the light of a full moon, which can quickly be covered up by menacing clouds and resulting in the traveler fumbling his way through the darkness, hearing sounds of…who knows what?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

No Great Secrets

There are no great secrets to meditation, no matter how much certain people tell you there is. It is not as complicated as some make it seem. Of course, you can make it as formal as you like, but for most of us I consider meditation to just be sitting quietly and observing or maybe not even observing at all. It is letting the mind rest; rest from thinking, scheming or doing whatever our mind might do. Whether you do this looking out a window at the world, or by closing your eyes doesn’t matter. What matters is that you give your mind a rest. Let it be tranquil for a while. Try to just let the mind be quiet and not think of anything. It isn't easy as it sounds nor should it be as hard.

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Truly Important Things

Listen to some of your favorite songs. Take a pleasant nap during the afternoon. Take a long bath. Dance, or just laugh at it all. Do something that brings you joy. It doesn't have to be planned. It doesn't have to be extravagant or cost a lot of money. Make it simple. We spend too much time in life stressing over things that in the long run don't matter; or for that matter, maybe in the short run they don’t matter either. We think they are important but they are not. Wisdom is knowing what is truly important. Stop and reflect on what really matters.