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Commitment and Meditation
When in the deeper recesses of mind, as when in meditation, I've found the strong and vibrant energy well up to carry out commitments in the everyday world.
Meditation is going within and coming back with a ripened fruit. It is like slowly turning on the water tap: When we first start to rotate the handle there is no reaction, and then suddenly the water flows in force.
Meditation is itself a commitment to dive deep hoping the rewards will let themselves be known. It is a way to learn about commitment and how the process of sticking to an action bears a predictable result.
I'll share one of my experiences sitting in meditation outdoors at the top of a foothill just below mountains near the Pacific Ocean: This was the day I was to dedicate myself in service to God through service to humanity. The thought of this commitment was with me for several years as I considered that my actions henceforth would be more on public display.
I laid a blanket on the hillside and sat to meditate beginning with a short prayer for strength and guidance. Then, I began to mentally say my mantra until immersed in the Holy Vibration. My thoughts trailed to the commitment of devotional service and how I would just quietly have a service of prayer and stay in the background in public.
But, that was not to be. Suddenly I felt a force of energy comparable to a strong wind whip through my torso from left to right invigorating me with a new attitude of public service and the energy to carry it out. And, after 20 years the energy is still with me supporting me in public rather than just in silent service.
This story also confirms the expression that we should be careful what we wish for because we might get it.
Commitment takes energy to follow a certain path while bypassing side trails. It makes us look ahead with the goal in our vision and the thought that the goal is worth letting other side attractions slide away. If we dip our finger into 10 different jars of jam for a sample taste, we get filled up and can't enjoy the finished tart.
Meditate deeply on a commitment you wish to make. The strong energy of Spirit will guide your thoughts to a plan of action if you are aiming for the higher good for yourself.
Article by Susan Helene Kramer
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