Nature hates a vacuum, and our minds detest a mystery. So when we feel anxiety or annoyance yet are unable to find an object to identify as its trigger we turn to the twins of imagination and recollection and fabricate an excuse to feel what we feel like a magician conjuring doves out of thin air. All this occurs in our subconscious for we are not foolish enough to deliberately torment ourselves with villains fictional and fantastic. What, then, are we to do?
Are we hungry, tired, or bored? To paraphrase zen master Basho: when hungry consume whole-food vegan fare, when you’re tired rest, and when you’re bored walk, work-out, read, or do anything else you find stimulating.
When at work, or in traffic, or any other time when those solutions are untenable. These seven rhetorical questions (and one wish) could be of some assistance. Recite them silently and mentally, in harmony with your breathing, for about four rounds each.
FIRST: “How hating this… quite stressful?
SECOND: “How craving for this… quite stressful?
THIRD: “How vying for this… quite stressful?
FOURTH “How clinging to this… quite stressful?
FIFTH: “May all be… freed from this!”
SIXTH: “How is this… dependent?
SEVENTH: “How could this… always change?
And EIGHTH: “How could this… NOT be me?
If performed every twelve hours, as well as whenever the need arises, these easy techniques could do the trick that you too could meditate like a Jedi.
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