Usually, when people think of meditation, they usually have images of monks, preferably the Asian variety, perched somewhere on a high hill with their eyes closed, listening to throat chanting or some sort of soothing sound. The scene may even be completed by the sound of a clanging small cymbal or even a small gong.
While the scene makes for a great Kungfu movie or some sort of Shaolin throwback from the 1970’s, meditation is actually more commonplace and modern than you care to realize. In fact, if you are not completely aware of how you think and of your mental patterns, you might actually already be meditating or practicing mindfulness and be completely clueless about it.
Meditation, if you were to really sum it up to its core essential, is really all about focusing on the moment. At any given time, you are in a certain place at a certain time. That’s part of what it’s like to be in the universe. Anything that exists is in a place and at a time. We’re all slaves to time and space.
Now, with meditation, you focus your mental energy to where you are at any given moment. That is all you focus on. You don’t worry about things that happened in the past that, in most cases, you can’t control. You also don’t think about the stuff in the future. This is stuff that hasn’t yet happened, but it takes a lot of your emotional and mental energy worrying about it.
Instead, you focus on what’s in front of you. You focus on what exists right now. The more you meditate, the closer you get to the point where you even destroy your thoughts.
Now, that sounds mind blowing. That sounds almost crazy because, hey, who would not want to have thoughts? Aren’t thoughts what makes life great? Aren’t thoughts what makes life awesome? Well, not quite. You see, the moment you start thinking of something, you can’t help but judge that thought.
For example, if the thought of your ex girlfriend using money you gave her to buy her new boyfriend a new car flashes through your mind, it’s a good bet that you would probably end up in a negative emotional state. Nobody likes to be chumped. Nobody likes to be taken advantage of. Do you see how this works?
Thoughts, by definition, are never emotionally neutral. While the Heisenberg principle might apply to a certain field of physics, its core truth is actually quite appropriate here. The moment you observe something, you change that thing. That is the revolutionary lesson of the Heisenberg principle. By the same token, when you think thoughts, you can’t help but be changed by your thoughts. The more you focus on your thoughts, the more you become changed.
A lot of people are completely clueless to this and that’s why they live their lives in a very powerless way. What they’re really doing is that they are denying their tremendous power over their reality. By simply focusing on certain things, you can change your life for the better, or for the worse. It really all boils down to you.
If you’re feeling stuck, powerless, frustrated or you feel like you’re a slave of the past or people you can’t control, you may want to start looking at the things that you think about on a consistent basis. These thoughts might be positioning yourself in a way where you think, talk and behave and feel like a powerless person.
The good news is, by simply being more selective about your thoughts, you can actually attain an increasing level of control, not just about the things that you think about, but also the things that you talk about. Once you change the things that you talk about, you start changing the things that you do. Now this is where things get real. When you change the things that you do, you change your reality.
You have to understand that reality couldn’t care less about your feelings. It couldn’t care less about your motivations, your intentions. It doesn’t really care about what you could have done, should have done or would have done. None of that matters. All of that stuff, you can throw straight in the toilet and it wouldn’t make much of a difference. All the world cares about is what you actually do.
For example, if you’ve been always thinking of going to law school and becoming a lawyer in New York or in a Wall Street law firm, you can have all the amazing intentions in the world. You could be saying to yourself, “Well, I could be taking the LSAT” or “I will download the LSAT test, I’ve read it a couple of times.” These are all well and good because they produce lots of positive emotions that make you feel good about yourself. They might even trick you into thinking that you’re actually taking actions on your hopes and wishes, but all you’re really doing is that you’re daydreaming.
The world only cares about actions, so in that particular context, what would the world sit up and pay attention to? Well, if you actually took that LSAT test, rocked a really high score to get into Harvard or Yale law, and then get a summer internship with a prestigious Wall Street firm, then maybe, just maybe, the world would pay attention. Other than that, you’re basically just spinning your wheels. Do you see how that works? It’s all about action.
So it’s really important to look at meditation as what it is. It’s a tool. It’s a practice that enables you to live in the moment so that you would be able to train your focus on your thoughts to make your thoughts subservient to your will. This is really important because a lot of people often view their thoughts like clouds.
Remember when you were a kid and you would look at the clouds passing overhead with your friends? You would lean back on your arms and look up at the sky. One friend would say that they’ve seen a cow, another friend would see a rooster, while another friend would see a bank. And the funny thing about all of this is that all of you are correct because what you see is a reflection of your values and, ultimately, your character.
There is really no right or wrong answer. And that’s how most people look at their thoughts. They just sit back and just let it pass by. They get all emotionally involved, but you’re ultimately powerless about it because they’re not really exercising their power of definition. When you meditate, you tap into all of these. You tap into your mind’s power to define your reality by defining your emotional state.
Now, what does this have to do with meditation on wheels? Well, the typical stereotype of meditation is that you have to be in a special room with your eyes closed and there has to be complete silence. No. It’s all about being in the moment. You can do it with your eyes open. You can do it in the outdoors, you can do it with a lot of other people. This is called waking meditation and it’s actually a practice that is hundreds, if not thousands of years old.
The great thing about inline skating is that since you are able to cover a wide area in a short period of time at a high rate of speed, you can actually practice meditation on wheels. You just have to be very careful because you’re on the road and there might be all sorts of hazards popping up all over the place. These hazards can take many different forms.
We’re talking, of course, about cracks on the road, debris, pebbles, stones and other obstructions. These can, of course, also take the form of robbers, people who are not watching where they’re going and all sorts of threats that can jeopardize your safety.
Look for a place that is very safe and that you’ve been to many times before. Look for a place that you can be very sure that you won’t have too many obstructions. You don’t have to close your eyes when doing meditation on wheels. Just focus on where you are and focus on the scene.
Focus on having no feelings and just enjoying each and every stimuli hitting your eyeballs at every given second. This leads to a tremendous sense of inner peace because your mind is “unclenching.” It’s no longer processing so many data points. Instead, it’s just focusing on one point of stimuli and this can lead to a tremendous feeling of personal liberation.
It’s as if the weight of the world was lifted off your shoulders. This is an entry way to greater inner peace and inner calm. Now, if you are serious about meditation, you shouldn’t just stop at finding relaxation because meditation, believe it or not, is a gateway to transforming your life for the better.