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Day 36 Meditation
An Excerpt from Everyday Meditation, by Tobin Blake
Let me see this moment in the light of the present instead of the shadow of the past.
The past is a veil that blinds us to our current reality, obscuring and coloring everything we see and experience, along with everyone we meet. Because of this, while we are relying on the past as our guide, we never see anything with true clarity. We see, instead, only shadows of the true world, mixed up with a conglomeration of our own projected images. In contrast, the present moment is crystal clear and beautiful to dwell on. There is a sublime perfection in it, and as you give it a space in your life, it will surround you with a sense of peace and safety. The present is very quiet and still; subtle and yet powerful; transforming but forever steady, forever present, and completely unwavering. The past, which typically emphasizes judgment, strips away the beauty of the present and imprisons us in a world of shadows and dreams, unshared thoughts, and imagination. It builds a wall that you cannot see beyond and makes life seem dulled, lifeless, and dreamlike, like the past itself. The present is pure joy; the past, absolute imprisonment. The present is liberation; the past, leaden with sorrow.
The only thoughts from the past that easily translate to present joy are the memories of happiness you have shared with other people. These thoughts reflect a union that transcends the past, and so these gentle thoughts are not our major concern. Most of the past thoughts we tend to focus on are thoughts about how others have hurt us or how we have hurt them ó in other words, attack thoughts that are directed either toward others or toward ourselves. It doesn’t truly matter which, for both types are equally disruptive to present peace.
Look at your past as it if were nothing more than a passing movie that has little, if any, bearing on your current life. Liberate yourself from the wounds of the past, whether they were inflicted by you or another, and you will begin to see the world around you through brand-new eyes. These are baby eyes, which don’t judge and always see truly. Only forgiveness of the past, which is the opposite of judgment, makes this exchange possible.
Tobin Blake received his formal training in meditation and Kriya Yoga through Self-Realization Fellowship, an international organization with more than five hundred meditation centers in over fifty countries that was founded by the great Paramahansa Yogananda. He has studied many forms of meditation and has been practicing for more than twenty years. Tobin is also a longtime student of A Course in Miracles, a profound system of spiritual mind training that has had an impact on many thousands of people worldwide.
Excerpted from the book Everyday Meditation: 100 Daily Meditations for Health, Stress Relief, and Everyday Joy © 2012 by Tobin Blake. Printed with permission from New World Library.
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