today’s meditation is another fantastic one from jack kornfield. this meditation, taken from kornfield’s book a path with heart is all about wholeness in your spiritual practice.
finding wholeness within our practices involves learning not to set boundaries on the way we live our lives. there cannot be limits to what is sacred and what isn’t. we cannot choose to be spiritual in certain circumstances, and not in others. we must learn not to dismiss the important connection between our hearts, our spiritual practice, and our lives. what i mean by this is that we shouldn’t consider certain aspects of our lives as spiritual and others as not.
a personal example of this involves myself and loving kindness towards others. when i was at my former job, there was one employee who drove me absolutely crazy. he was always bothering me with inane questions or causing chaos within the company. and despite being able to extend loving kindness to almost everyone i came into contact with, i never felt the need to extend it to him. i would give myself a pass to forgo my spiritual outlook in favor of feeling negatively towards this person, choosing not to even try to understand him and his journey. by continuing to dislike this person i was continuing a negative cycle and keeping myself from true spiritual peace. finally, one day i decided to break the habit. i challenged myself to look upon that person with love and acceptance. i knew that to truly be spiritual in my relationships, i had to be spiritual in ALL of my relationships. and surprise, surprise, not only did i end up being able to deal with that employee more harmoniously, i ended up rather liking the person. in fact, even after leaving the company, i continue to talk to him on a regular basis.
we can imitate outer spirituality, but if we are not extending that spiritual strength to all aspects of our lives, we will not be able to achieve that lasting piece we desire. we must be truthful with ourselves and locate those areas of our life in which we are not extending our spirituality, so that we can at least begin to learn to look upon them differently.
we need to learn to accept spirituality in totality, not only pieces of it.
hopefully, if you are like many who are struggling to find spiritual harmony in all aspects of your life, this meditation will benefit you greatly.
meditation for wholeness (as taught by jack kornfield)
come to a comfortable sitting position. let your eyes come to close and begin to feel the natural rhythm of your breathing. begin to find a sense of calm and a sense of presence. take note of how your breath moves gently throughout the body.
when you feel settled and open, begin to reflect on the spiritual and the sacred in your life. how, when, and where is your spiritual self strongest in your life. contemplate what activities truly bring it to life. think about the places, people, and situations that truly awaken this divine presence within you. let yourself sit in that spiritual sense, feeling it’s strength and its loving compassion.
after sitting in this divine sensation, direct your reflection towards the opposite experiences. think about the areas of your life that hold to be least sacred. look for those parts of your life that our spirit and heart have not yet awakened. dimensions of your life with little mindfulness and little compassion are he areas that you have forgotten to shed your divine light on. they could be aspects of your physical self, certain feelings, certain activities, or maybe they are relationships.
let each of these excluded pieces/places/people/things arise in your mind, one by one. look upon each area, sensing them truly. as you sense them, hold them lightly in your heart and consider what it would mean to bring these into your practice. envision your sense of sacred growing to include these entities in your practice, giving them full attention and compassion. one by one, picture them and feel them respect and wholeness that could come about. sense how every one of these moments has a lesson to teach and how each area will bring a deepening of your attention and an opening of your compassion.
once you have sat with these areas, unconditionally open to them, feel the strength and self respect you gain by shedding light on these entities, feel a sense of spiritual wholeness.
slowly let yourself come back to a calm, quiet rest. turn your attention back to the breath, maybe feeling a new sense of wholeness with each inhale and exhale.
when you are ready, slowly open your eyes and come to a close.
hopefully this meditation will help you bring a new sense of attention, respect, compassion, and peace to every moment of your life.
sat nam everyone!