Tuesday, October 1, 2013

drunken bumblebee

I'm reading a book on meditation - specifically the Vipassana technique. I've never really been much on meditating because I have a hard time sitting still, concentrating and being patient with myself. However, had someone shown me the following paragraph sooner, I'd probably be on the road to being a master meditator now:

"Somewhere in this process, you will come face-to-face with the sudden and shocking realization that you are completely crazy. Your mind is a shrieking, gibbering madhouse on wheels barreling pell-mell down the hill, utterly out of control and hopeless. No problem. You are not crazier than you were yesterday. It has always been this way, and you just never noticed. You are also no crazier than everybody else around you. The only real difference is that you have confronted the situation; they have not. So they still feel relatively comfortable. That does not mean that they are better off. Ignorance may be bliss, but it does not lead to liberation. So don't let this realization unsettle you. It is a milestone actually, a sign of real progress. The very fact that you have looked at the problem straight in the eye means that you are on your way up and out of it."