When I first began practicing yoga and meditation, I lived in a small bedroom at the back of my parent’s apartment in New York City.
The one small window opened onto the alley. Several mornings a week, at about 6 a.m., garbage trucks would back into the alley (beep…beep…beep). The men would empty the metal trash cans into the back of the truck (clang…smash…crash…grind).
In the early days of my practice, I kept wondering: when will all these distractions go away? The more I thought about this, the more anxious and agitated I became.
Meditation doesn’t stop garbage trucks from beeping or people from, as my guru suggested, “peopling.”
Life will do what it does, whether at full volume or a whisper. What makes a noise into a distraction isn’t the decibel. What turns sounds, sights, sensations, people, and events into distractions is how the mind relates to what arises.
Meditation gives you a new way of relating to what arises. A way that is open, direct, and clear. Noise becomes silence when met without commentary.
Here’s the key:
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Author: Eric Klein
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