Why Worry (May 2019 Newsletter)

Ruth Asawa   ,  Untitled,    c. 1967   Image credit:  Xyz1018 , CC BY-SA 4.0

Ruth Asawa, Untitled, c. 1967

Image credit: Xyz1018, CC BY-SA 4.0

As a new month rolls around we are expectantly looking forward to its newness. Especially now as we approach summer we have the promise of plenty - plenty of fun, plenty of fresh produce and plenty of love and friendship. May it be so for you and yours!

Yesterday I did a presentation on Meditation at VEEVA, a new Cloud Software Engineering company, recently expanded into Columbus. This brings the growing interest in meditation to the forefront of my mind.

The truth is that we live our lives on the ‘razor’s edge’. The path we walk on is sharp. It is narrow. It should be straight. A misstep on this precarious journey can topple our balance and break the equanimity.

Meditation classes offered at YWB are not popular. They are not popular since the general perception is that there is no immediate need for it. Life is too busy. Contrary to this belief, it is a skill we need to cultivate early and regularly for that proverbial rainy day.

It should be a daily practice when things are good, when times are bad. Just everyday. Without ceremony or ritual. It is simple and very hard. It is simple in that we need nothing extraneous, just trying to get our body and our spirit in the same place with focus. It is hard because our minds are untrained and out of control, never having been trained in any way. Would you let a child go untrained? Consider the consequences!

The key is daily practice and SILENCE is the medium through which meditation comes alive. (It is not the ambient and heavenly tones playing through the device.) Connect the silence outside with the silence within. Find a physical place which allows for silence. Suddenly everything dissolves into infinite space in which the ego based ‘I’, ‘me’ and ‘mine’ fade away.

According to a wise Tibetan monk, (paraphrased)

If you have a problem and you can fix it, why worry?

If you have a problem and can’t fix it, why worry?



Chris Johnson