Sure, meditation is great for becoming spiritually enlightened, but it’s also good for more basic stuff.
Like saving your life.
Before I started meditating, I would often have bad days. On a bad day, I would feel like this:
Sometimes I knew why I felt bad. Other times I didn’t. But either way, I didn’t have much control over it.
Except for eating chocolate. That seemed to help.
Though eating chocolate created other problems. Like weighing too much and eating too much chocolate.
But it was the only coping mechanism I had.
Then I started meditating. For the first time in my life, I was aware of how many thoughts were rattling through my brain. All the time.
At first, this awareness didn’t affect my life when I wasn’t meditating.
But then something started to happen.
When I would get into one of my bad moods, I became aware that something had happened in my mind to lead to the bad mood. I wasn’t quite sure what it was, but there was some kind of causal connection.
Then, after more time meditating and watching my thoughts, I started to notice something fascinating.
Thanks to meditation, I became aware of the following process:
Some external event would cause me to think a not-so-great thought. The not-so-great thought would then lead to my bad mood. The bad mood would then lead to the eager and excessive consumption of chocolate.
This was amazing on several fronts.
For one thing, I had never heard the thoughts that led to the bad mood before. I just knew that I would spend time with certain people, for example, and then feel crappy.
Now I could see it all clearly: Spending time with X leads to “I suck” leads to bad mood leads to eager and excessive consumption of chocolate.
It was like a huge spotlight, shining on my mind’s hardcore influence over my life.
Meditation turned on the spotlight.
At first, it was just a matter of observing the process. Thoughts lead to moods lead to less-than-helpful behavior.
But after a while, something else started to happen.
I started to take the thoughts less seriously.
An event would happen that would prompt “I suck” in my head, but it was a spacious “I suck.” A no-big-deal “I suck”. An I-don’t-need-to-take-it-seriously “I suck.”
Once I started to take my thoughts less seriously, they didn’t prompt the bad moods anymore.
They were just thoughts, and thanks to meditation, I now knew that I had tons of thoughts, all the time.
The helpful thoughts were worth listening to. The not-helpful thoughts?
Not so much.
And thanks to meditation and the increasing spaciousness in my head, not-so-helpful thoughts like “I suck” seriously lost their sting.
So now an event would happen that led to “I suck” in my head, but it wouldn’t prompt the bad mood. Which then stopped the eager and excessive consumption of chocolate.
Prior to meditation, my moods and my chocolate consumption seemed out of my control. They were making me miserable. I felt crazy and alone.
Thanks to meditation, the crazy cycle stopped.
So, for me, it’s not too strong to say that meditation saved my life.
The fact that it also turned me into a super-special seriously-enlightened spiritual Goofball is merely a side effect.
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