I am having trouble with a meditation. It goes, "Everything is absolutely ok right now. There is nothing I need to change in this moment. . . ." Truth to tell, I've always had a little trouble with this phrase. But the new reality of a scary new presidential administration with its chaotic orders has me talking back. "Everything is NOT ok right now. There are MANY things I need to change in this moment!"
It doesn't even help that the meditation absolutely works. When I do this mediation, my shoulders come down and find their natural resting place. Who even knew my shoulders spent so much time in the air? I certainly didn't.
I still do the mediation but the struggle continues. I've accepted the meditation in a pragmatic way. It works, so I do it. But I always have an initial reservation. I think of the world's suffering. If I have something large in my life, I think of my suffering. I honor the meditation though and release my thoughts and allow myself to accept it's words.
Are they true? They certainly aren't true in the Enlightenment sense of truth. It is very easy to find a counter example to the words. But they have a spiritual and psychological truth that I seek.
Spiritual Truth I probably can't do justice to the spiritual truth. This is a short form blog after all. But the spiritual truth comes right from our Universalist ancestors. Early Universalists were convinced that God is too good to condemn us to hell. Good is the Universe's underlying state and in the moment of the meditation we are aligning with that faith.
Psychological Truth If you think the world can be a better place you are in tension with the world. You are constantly pushing against reality. "This cannot be", you think, "It has to change." Every moment is a struggle against what is. Try and notice right now that feeling. It's there isn't it! But notice the precision of the words "everything is ok RIGHT NOW (emphasis mine). There needs to be time in every activist's life when they stop the struggle. This is a matter of long term health and resilience.
As you sit on your couch, the space around you is generally quiet. Everything IS ok for you 'right now'. Enjoy the peace, it won't last, but it is a truth that belongs to everyone.
Rev. Katie Larsell
A social justice minister doing social justice things. And other things -- Including riding my Electric Bicycle.
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