If you’ve tried to meditate and can’t figure out why it didn’t work for you, please read on. Here’s the solution to your dilemma:
I often encounter mental blocks with students who are trying to learn how to meditate because their world view is jaded. People treat meditation like some sort of “chill pill”- something that helps them get through their hectic days. This form of thinking has relegated an ancient form of deep wisdom into an inconvenient substitute for a pill. That’s not the design and is a wholly inappropriate way dealing with one’s self.
In today’s modern society, we have moved away from being patient farmers and have gone into full hunting mode. What’s the distinction? Hunters are chasing their next “fix”. They need to get what they want right now and, well, tomorrow is another day. As far as meditation goes, these people tend to try to fix a certain mood and state of mind so that they can carry on being the person that they think they want to be. Yeah- I said that correctly. They are busy trying to perpetuate the delusion of their ego and need a quick fix to help pass off the inconvenient anxiety and lack of self worth they are feeling.
Farmers, on the other hand, work to cultivate their fields. They are constantly plucking “mind weeds” that they discover in their consciousness and harnessing their equanimity. They cultivate a peaceful state of mind and work diligently to eradicate the disruptive influences that pull them away from their center.
When we speak of energy fields, we can think of how a farmer relates to his crops. We want to maintain the integrity of the field, keep out disruptive forces (weeds), and nurture the plants we want to harvest (our dreams and aspirations). So you see, it is not about what meditation can do for you in a bind, but what an attitude of mindfulness and cultivation can do for you in perpetuity.