21-Day Meditation Challenge – Day Six: Resistance
“After meditating for some years, I began to see the patterns of my own behavior. As you quiet your mind, you begin to see the nature of your own resistance more clearly: struggles, inner dialogues, the way in which you procrastinate and develop passive resistance against life. As you cultivate the witness, things change. You don’t have to change them. Things just change.” – Ram Dass
I often hear people say things like, “I can’t meditate because I can’t clear my mind.” For me, the purpose of a meditation practice isn’t to empty the mind, but to learn how to be with what is present. When a thought arises, we often either follow the thought, or try to push it away. Either path puts energy into the thought. Instead, we can think of thoughts like clouds in the sky. We can be aware of them, without focusing our attention on them, and let them pass on by, without pushing them away or drawing them towards us. As we learn to act as a witness to ourselves, we can create a container in which we are able to hold space for ourselves. As you meditate today, begin to observe yourself and become interested in being aware of your thoughts, rather than being interested in the thoughts themselves. Notice and acknowledge moments of pushing some thoughts away and pulling other thoughts towards you. Without trying to change anything, observe yourself as you are, and notice how it feels to simply be.