Thursday, February 21, 2013
If I meditate any longer than ten minutes at a time my mind wanders far, far away and with each journey it becomes more difficult to pull it back into the present. Most of the time its exhorting me to get up and do SOMETHING, anything other than sitting quietly with my hands on my lap. Iíve sorta solved this dilemma by splitting my reflective time up into three, ten minute periods Ė one in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. That being said I just canít fathom Jesus going off into the desert, all by his self, to pray and reflect for forty whole days. I know ESPN wasnít around or CNN for that matter but good gosh, what did he do?
I believe we are asked to create some space inside of ourselves during this time. Itís what the Buddhists call mindfulness. Itís separating all those things that clutter our hearts and souls and allowing a small tiny space to let in those things that make us whole and healthy. Above and beyond anything else I believe Jesus was mindful in how he lived his life. The Gospels tell us he would often go off on his own to pray and reflect. A day in the life for Jesus must have had a lot to take in. Today we refer to it as ďdown time.Ē Itís the opportunity to create a bit of space between ourselves and the rest of our world. It gives us time to catch our collective breaths.
It neednít involve a lot of ceremony and circumstance. Reflecting on our lives, creating that precious space between who we are and what we do requires only a willingness on our part to examine the nooks and crannies of who we are. If your belief is Christian in nature then you believe Jesus mission was to die and redeem all of creation. I think if I were hit with that realization I might need forty days to get ready too.
You and I are called to be you and I. In one sense it is awesome and breathe taking because no one can put that amazing footprint on the cosmos that you can!!! In many other ways itís the life we are called to live. To be mindful is to be aware of whom you are and what you feel, right here and right now, no more and no less. It may be forty hours, forty minutes or simply during a forty second moment of reflection that you feel in communion and one with all that is, was, and will be. I think thatís what Jesus was shooting for.