There’s nothing like panning for gold. Last month, I was in a river bed in California with a gold pan in my hands as did many generations of miners before me, each seeking his or her fortune. On a whim, a friend and I decided to try our luck and have some fun. The day was bright and sunny as we waded through the glistening water. The ore flakes float as the sun rays reflect on them as we swished the stones in full anticipation.
When I think about it today, I recall the fun we had; but I also think about the immense concentration and focus gold panning takes. We barely spoke to each other during those few hours. Each stone needed examining. Each deliberate swish of water was needed to clear away the unworthy stones. We looked for the heaviest of all, gold.
At the end of the day, we both had to be pulled, no, yanked from our meditations because we had lost all track of time.
You see, it’s like that. When we meditate and focus on the self, that same type of concentration should be used not just to pull a metal from the waters but to discover the gold within ourselves.
So the next time you want to find the treasure that is within yourself, sit quietly in nature to help you achieve this mental attentiveness. It will not only refresh you, but you’ll look forward another moment to be with yourself. Priceless.
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I think the reverse can be true also. From which kind of vacation do you return feeling calm and renewed? The kind where you lay on the beach and focus all your thoughts on yourself, or the kind where you get so caught up in the work/activity at hand that you don’t have time to think about yourself? Sometimes, we can work out the troubles we’ve been ruminating on, by becoming totally engaged in something else, something that involves all our mental/physical energy. When we return to the problem, we have unconsciously thought of a solution.
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Great suggestion for future posts regarding self absorption and taking care of the self.
Thanks for your thoughts, Cynde!