differences, Mind

The Question is:

What makes one mind different from another?

This question is, I think, fundamental to what makes meditation possible for us. I would like to figure out how to use meditation more effectively in my yoga classes.

I know that I find it easier to communicate with certain people. I can trust that the words I say will be heard by them in the way I intended. I just feel that the way their minds work harmonizes with mine.

Other people? Sometimes it is much harder — even much, much harder.

Some people are so literal-minded that I almost can’t find words to communicate with them. It’s taken me a long time to understand that there is value in their practical approach. But I have to admit I can feel tired after a conversation with them.

Sometimes the much harder comes from my not being able to make sense of what the other people are saying. They are using English, but I’m unable to see how the words string together to tell me something I can use.

In addition, some people lie recreationally. Sigh …

If I go to a doctor and try to explain something, she can completely misinterpret what I said. It’s as though we’re speaking different languages and I have to translate both ways.

What makes our minds (and consequently our communication) different? I used to think that other people were stupid, or that I was. I’ve come to realize that these other modes of thinking have saved my ass upon occasion and that I’ve helped others see a different perspective.

What do you think makes your mind unique? What problems has it caused you in getting along in the world?

Meditation, Mind, Uncategorized

The Journey Begins

I’ve been planning to make some major changes to my website and in the process I’ve been examining the way people have been using it.

The part about leading meditation is far more popular than I expected. That’s why I decided to begin the renewal with a blog about meditation and the mind. I will move those pages from my old website here so they will still be available, but I would like to explore the infinite variety of minds that meditate from the inside out, so to speak.

In my years of teaching yoga I have discovered that a meditation that really takes one person deep can leave another counting the minutes until they can roll up their mat. This doesn’t make one person wrong and another right. It just means their minds work differently.

That’s why I am asking you to help me explore minds (yours and mine) and look for what makes a meditation technique work for me but not you — or for you but not me.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. —Izaak Walton