Positive Thinking and Meditation: This Valentine's Day, Take Yourself on a Blind Date

When the surface of a pond is calm, we can see to the bottom very clearly. However, even in the pristine waters of Montana,  this is quite a challenge when the surface is agitated by waves. In the same way, when the mind is still, we feel a different type of happiness, we can see the "self", this is a big part of yoga. We can get to this state of in-the-moment contentment  by concentrating the mind externally, or internally.

Generally, in our modern lives we have been hard wired to focus the mind externally on objects. When the mind is fully concentrated, time passes unnoticed. This can happen when we are watching an entire season of a TV show on DVD, or when our job though boring, is tedious enough to require all of our concentration.  Time is just a modification of the mind, all happiness achieved through the mind is temporary and fleeting; it is limited by nature, thus we clutch desperately to temporal things that make us feel good.

When the mind is focused in meditation however, there is no time! To achieve that state of lasting happiness and absolute peace, we must first know how to calm the mind. By turning the mind's concentration inward, upon the self, we can deepen that experience of perfect concentration. This feeling of peace and happiness can also lead us to a more open heart, I challenge you this month to give yourself and your loved one, perhaps as a valentines gift, 10 minutes a day to sit, breathe, and let the waves dissipate so you can see to the bottom of the pond.