Zen Meditation: Be in Your Arena


“This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”- Alan Watts

“Wherever you are, be there totally.”- Eckhart Tolle

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”- Theodore Roosevelt

Meditation Assignment:

  1. Grab pillow.
  2. Sit or lay.
  3. Relax.
  4. Regulate breathing.
  5. Focus:  Have a serious conversation with yourself.  Are you living in your arena?  Are you following your bliss?  Are you living in your moments totally?  We all make sacrifices, but are your sacrifices in balance with your goals, needs, wants, play time, etc?
  6. Guided:  Not guided.  Read the prompt and then let your subconscious answer run with the scenario / action.  Imagine you are in a Roman arena.  You are the spectacle they have all come to see.  You and a / some lions….. let it play out.  Do not read any further until you have done this…….
  7. Examine your vision:  Let your subconscious answer the above questions.  What happened in the arena (symbolically) and what can it tell you about your life?  How many lions were there?  How many weapons did you have at your disposal?  How did you fare?  Were you calm or panicked? What was the crowd doing?  Cheering your success?  Laughing at your demise?  Booing your cunning?  What insigts can you gain from this vision?  Etc….

Post by Monica Gaylor


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