Zen Meditation: Relativity

Einstein and Yoda

Relativity – a theory developed by Albert Einstein which says that the way that anything except light moves through time and space depends on the position and movement of someone who is watching. (1)

Quotes by Albert Einstein

“The ideals that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth.  Without the sense of kinship with men of like mind, without the occupation with the objective world, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific endeavors, life would have seemed pretty empty to me.  The trite objects of human efforts – possessions, outward success, luxury – have always seemed contemptible.”

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious.  It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.  Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed.”

Meditation Assignment:

  1. Grab pillow.
  2. Sit or lay.
  3. Relax.
  4. Regulate breathing.
  5. Focus:  Call to mind the reaction of children experiencing new things.  They are curious and full of wonderment.  They may oh and aw or gulp and screech, but either way in their eyes you see the mysterious viewed for the first time.  And for them it is exhilarating.  We lose that as adults.  Adults like to have kids or be around them because they show us the world anew.  Without predisposition.  In what ways can you bring mystery back into your life?
  6. Guided:  The best way to experience mystery would be to go to or do that which you have not been to or experienced, and that would be my first recommendation, but in lieu of that… Take a trip in your mind to a place that you have not been:  visit a terrain in which you do not live (I live in the desert and my meditations often take place somewhere with abundantly lush green plants and colorful flowers), hike a glacier (hurry, they are disappearing), travel to another solar system or planet (another favorite of mine), etc.  While at your exotic destination, invent and explore every detail, every nuance, remember to use the five senses (or six – if you count intuition / the force) etc.
  7. After meditation:  Live it.  Enact it.  Be it.  I would encourage you to go someplace or try something new.  (Food, music, movies, etc. would be easy.)  Step out of your comfort zone for a while… be like a child…

(1) Merriam-Webster Dictionary – online.

Live long and prosper.  By Monica Gaylor

 

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