We are in the process of moving and have temporary lodging during the transition. The icy weather has forced us indoors, and the streets are impassible. As I sit in a home that is not mine, trapped by the snow and ice, with nowhere to run and little to do, I find I have more time on my hands than I have had in a very long time.
With all of the time in the world and with limited distractions, what’s a sorcerer to do, you ask? Well, it’s a great time for meditation and contemplation, of course. With meditation, I have grown tremendously, and you are likely familiar with the concepts, given it is covered online and in print from just about any perspective you can imagine. Today, I will address why I contemplate and leave meditation for a different post, a different time, and to authors and masters more versed than myself.
Contemplation was introduced to me two years ago by Jason Miller, and I have benefited greatly from adding it to my routine. In all honesty, I expected I was familiar with the concept, but having not actively practiced, and transitioning into the practice, I learned that my theory was not in accord with my practical application. In other words, my book smarts did not equal my soon to be applied street smarts. This is another great example that our understanding is not the same as our comprehension and our application.
Through contemplation, I escape from the moment, if only for a moment. I am not actively working toward a goal, clearing my mind, seeking calm, emptiness, focused work, etc. I am sitting open, unattached, and the world transpires before me and within me. I sit and let my focus lose focus, let my actively engaged rambling mind wander on its own, drifting hither and yon, not staying too long on one thing or another, just a drifter amongst its trappings.
Long views into the distance give the mind opportunities to ramble and work through things far more than I could have imagined. Like dreams working in the waking world, scenes play out, work their magic, and find themselves in resolutions that I could have spent hours trying to sort out in a more active and engaged state. Literally, things work themselves out on their own. Calm blue skies become the backdrop to imperceivable stage plays unravelling my depths and bringing things to the surface for me to address.
This is a different process than meditation, working in different ways and at different levels. Honestly, I am having an arduous time trying to exactly capture the experience in words. Much like my theory did not apply to my reality, the only true way to experience contemplation is to get out there and do it.
So what are you waiting for? Don’t take my pithy words and lack of thorough explanation for granted, find yourself a good spot, and go do it.
Don’t try, don’t think, don’t purpose. Sit, wander, drift, and be amazed at the world that unfolds before you and within you. The practical application differs greatly from the words on the page. This is truly a practice that you must experience for yourself in order to gain from its many benefits.