This past Sunday I, along with the other editors of EnlightenNext magazine, spent most of the day in silent meditation. Setting aside a full day for meditation practice is something we do weekly here at the EnlightenNext headquarters (which doubles as a spiritual community) and it’s a ritual that I’ve found to be an absolute necessity in all of the creative work that we do producing the magazine during the week. There’s something endlessly fascinating about the fact that spending so much time doing absolutely nothing mysteriously leads to a greater freedom, ability to handle complex situations, and spontaneous creative capacity when I get up from the cushion. The quote below is from EnlightenNext founder and spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen about why the serious practice of meditation is so vital to the spiritual life:
Practicing meditation for long periods makes it possible, at least temporarily, to know what it means to have no relationship to the passing of time and the movement of mind and memory. And not only that, it provides us with access to our own primordial depths, which inevitably gives rise to a profound and abiding sense of happiness. And that is because, slowly but surely, we awaken to that dimension of ourselves that has never been born and has never entered into the stream of time. Repeatedly experiencing such an enormous shift of perspective makes clear the liberating truth that the source of real contentment has nothing to do with satisfying any particular desire. And it reveals to us, over and over again, that who we are always has been perfectly free from who we have been as a personality.
If that’s not a serious incentive to get down and meditate, I don’t know what is!