The first glow of his inner awakening, he tells of Eckhart Tolle in ‘A new earth’, warned one morning in London while riding the subway to the university where I studied. As soon as you boarded the train, it was inevitable to listen to the monologue of a woman who refunfuñaba without ceasing, and with rage. She got off at the same station of the writer and walked a good while in front of him, complaining all the time.
When the lost sight, the writer went to a bathroom to wash hands and, without realizing it, he exclaimed: “I Wish I am not like that woman.” Someone looked at him in surprise and, probably, at that time began both his personal transformation as their excellent books. ‘I’m already like her’, he thought scared.
We are all a bit like the passenger on the train. “She thought with anger, I do so with anxiety,” writes Eckhart Tolle. “She was raving in a loud voice; I am almost always in silence”. Years ago, this columnist, for his part, added to their autoalegatos a movement compulsive disorder of the hands and arms. (Although, with much less frequency, the tic still subsists; the meditation was markedly decreased). Have you noticed, dear reader, how are their monologues? How silent or spoken? How quiet or agitated? How cheerful or depressive? How rabid or distressed? What have you noticed?
The problems begin when you ‘fought’ with what I did, what I should have done, or what I’m going to tell you when I meet with this dude
The thought is spontaneous, it just happens. The act of thinking occurs in the present tense: “In this moment I’m thinking about what I’m writing”. The events around which divagamos are of the past or the future. There are combined the memories of what we did with the projects they plan to complete.
The thoughts, followed by immediate action, are or appear to be peremptory: I’m going to go to cinema. The problems begin when you ‘fought’ with what I did, what I should have done, or what I’m going to tell you when I find that so-and-so. What is the solution? Total care, a permanent body, to the sensations and, above all, to the movements of the mind. Easy? No. How possible? Resounding yes. How? By strengthening the full attention through meditation.
Most of the time we don’t think on purpose and the thoughts of ‘spontaneous’ are the ones that we manage. Until the hands of the demanding chess could happen ‘automatically’. The success of the great masters is to silence the distractions for the brain to take full advantage of all the knowledge you already have of the game science, and work with the minimum voluntary intervention of the owner.
In the same way, Lionel Messi nor ‘think’ about what to do when running their spectacular antics. I’ve never heard you say that this famous argentine, a phenomenon of genetics and the discipline, then meditation, but it is news common that many athletes, in increasing numbers, the practice frequently.
Cases like the upset of the London underground, without a doubt, require psychological help; the less severe problems of anxiety and stress can be resolved or placated with meditation disciplined. Paradoxically, the typical person with behavioural difficulties, when you must choose between psychotherapy, or meditation, answer ‘no’ to both alternatives.
What solution? What psychotherapists that meditate? If experts in the human behavior expected to advise their patients well, they must start with the only mind that can know: his own. Only ‘I’ can I see my film. Meditation is the best approach to ‘understanding’ and someone who does not know the contents of your head you can’t target to a third party. For this reason, the success of the so-called ‘cognitive therapy is based on the meditation of total care’ is remarkable and growing.
Meditation is the ‘gymnastics’ to strengthen the capacity of concentration and, hence, facilitate the total care of permanent. Just realize that we are distracted, as if by magic and at the moment, as we are not. To meditate is to isolate oneself, quiet down, close your eyes and observe the agitations of the mind to stay quiet. The total care, meditation in action, have similarities: is to be exercised by observing the movements of the daily routine… But with eyes wide open.
* Author of ‘Toward the Buddha from the West’