Lately, I’ve been meditating at the end of the day rather than the beginning. It wasn’t really a conscious decision, I just starting waking up with the desire to get my work out of the way and without the ennui that used to mark the start of my working days.
Even more lately, my four year old son has started asking me to meditate before we play. Not that he likes it when I meditate – not at all, he detests it and doesn’t understand it – but rather because he doesn’t want me to look at the clock and say “In a couple of minutes, I’ve got to go and meditate.”
The way he says it is: “Go meditate now, so we don’t have minutes when we play.”
I’m happy to do it his way, such a lovely and insightful request. It’s much better to have to stop meditating because of a timer than it is to have him give me a worried look when I check the time. And, while meditation is an essential part of my day and can easily expand to fill as much time as I have – so is playing with my son.
The clock and timers are wonderful tools for making sure we don’t become unbalanced in work and life. They give us neat little subdivisions of our days that we can use to ensure that we don’t forsake mind, body, or spirit. But lists and the clock also destroy the spontaneous beauty and freedom that we are blessed with, if we allow them to frame everything.
That which is on a list or held hostage by a clock is tamed and controlled, not done with the purest love.
So, look again at your daily schedule with the realizations that anything that’s constrained to a set time period has been lessened. Choose to lessen some activities so that you can set others free.
Look again at your weekly schedule with the realizations that the Sabbath should never have a list of things to accomplish and that the weekend belongs as much to your family as it does to your creative and solitary pursuits. See that your occupational work is less important, and so should be more strictly scheduled, than everything else in your life.
Our inner gardens flourish in the pure air where we don’t have minutes.