Hello. This Brad Wentker. I’m a licensed Religious Science Practitioner with the Center for Spiritual Living Palm Desert. Today’s Dial An Inspiration is about catching ourselves when we think or say “Oh my God it’s so noisy and there’s too much chaos around me. “.
Now life does work better when I’m constantly reminding myself that there’s One Life and that Life is God and that Life is My life. Reminding myself that I’m worthy of all the abundance and peace and love there is in the universe. If I do that then why do I still let a noisy TV drive me crazy. You’re trying to have a nice conversation over dinner, and the TV volume is really loud. Now this might be because you haven’t gotten around to asking your spouse to “turn down the darn TV”. Or it’s because you keep eating meals in sports bars. But since we love and want to stay with our spouses and partners, even if we think they watch too much TV, and we enjoy eating in sports bars, what can we do.
Let me share a couple of insights from Buddhism. One is: “Happy people build their inner world. Unhappy people blame their outer world.” So how do we build our Inner World. We meditate. Another insight is an old Zen phrase “Meditate for 20 minutes a day unless you are too busy. Then you should meditate for an hour.” And I’m not talking about one morning of meditation will create the perfect afternoon. The Dalai Lama describes this process best. He says “Practice is not something you do for a couple of weeks or a couple of years. It takes place over many lifetimes, for eons and eons.” Now you might be saying, “but I’ve got a date for happy hour at Yard House at 4pm.”
What if I told you that the only way you can get meditation wrong is by not doing it. And what if I promised you that if you regularly meditate and release any attachment to how many minutes a day or decades of meditation you experience, your tomorrows will always be better.
Let’s continue to focus on building our inner world. Through meditation. One of peace and tranquility. Then our outer world will contain peace and tranquility too. It has to. It’s the law. Because that’s the way the Law works.
Thank you for your listening. Namaste.