Meditation Column: After illness, injury, take time for full recovery

Recovery has several definitions that we acknowledge as we apply it to our meditation efforts and studies. We may think of it as recuperating from an injury or an illness that returns us to a state of normality; keeping in mind that the word “normal’ is subject to interpretation, and that recovery doesn’t always mean we will return to the state prior to injury. It often refers to a state better than the one from which we are recovering. Recovery also may be defined as the return of something lost or taken from us or even the process itself. In meditation studies, we may think of recovery as the retrieval of something that we once possessed or that was destined for us, which we hadn’t realized was lost. Our true state of divine being.

Thanks to the efforts of countless humans (perhaps you, yourself), the planet appears to be recovering from years of abuse and neglect. As the planet recovers, it returns to conditions of health and vitality previously possessed. The majority of the earth’s redemption may not lead it to where it was, but rather to a new place of healthy normality.

As the teacher, and more importantly, the student of meditation, we realize we can recover from a great deal of the programming and conditioning that has been imposed on our minds by society, our education, the mental evolution of humanity, etc. By waking up to the reality of the functions of our minds, we can begin to regain that which has been lost. Mainly, our ability to experience a natural unblemished state of peace, love and joy. Like the earth, we can regain some of what’s been lost and find a new normality for positive things that are the best they can be now. Just as the earth can recover from its plight with our love and assistance, we can join in the redemption through the practices of meditation. Meditation practice (observing the stream of thought) sets the stage for a return to good mental health or the opportunity to experience a positive state of mind for the first time in our lives. Meditation is the cure that leads to your recovery from the negative impact created by the stream of thought. Many students have an understanding that we and the earth (and all that exists, for that matter) are one. Existing in the same moment as one ultimate creation.

As we assist the earth in its recovery, it is prudent we do the same for ourselves. Through recovery of the confines created by the negative impact of our minds, we lift our own consciousness, which aids in the healing of ourselves, those around us and this place we call home.

A meditation, try it out here and there, when it comes to your mind, or not: Bring your awareness to the healing aspects of your meditations. For example, say to yourself, “As I observe the thoughts going through my mind, exposing them to the non-judgmental, love-filled, joyful, conscious observation, I feel the healing aspects of this awakening and recover from that which I once was.”

It’s a new day. Your day. ••