Life is about becoming a student– a student to life. You put down what you know and then relate to life as your teacher. You go in hungry and ready to receive whatever and however much will be given to you on that day. You bow your head and receive it. That is what being a student of life is about.
Everyday you start from the beginning. You never go in knowing. You do this until you become a student. You go in with an empty stomach because you’ve dropped all the worldly knowledge and beliefs. A student is an empty vessel who’s willing to put aside every knowledge that doesn’t align with life, the teacher.
So, you go into class with an empty stomach. Where is this classroom? The classroom is called life. You are a student to life and life is the classroom.
The purpose of meditation is to train the mind. It trains the mind to stillness. When the mind reaches stillness, it can begin observing. Until then, it’s part of the world drama.
If your meditation isn’t training the mind to stillness, it is not meditation. If it’s fun, it’s probably not meditation. If you are dreaming up things, imagining, trying to manifest this and that, flying off into different dimensions, you are not meditating. You are just doing some new-age meditation drama.
Real meditation changes who you are. It is an evolutionary process. You become aware of yourself as the thinker, dreamer, and doer.
It is not to manifest this or that. It is not to become rich and famous. It is not to design the man or career of your dreams. All that is part of the drama. Meditation is to rise above the drama of this mind.
Similarly, your physical yoga practice (yoga asana) must connect you to your body, and your body to Earth.
You must become aware of your feet planted on this ground and the ground beneath your feet. It must make you aware of your connection, your relationship, your aliveness. Your vulnerability and your strength.
If you are using it just to serve your ego then it is not yoga, it is also just drama.
Before you relate to the world, relate to your security. Otherwise, you will create an insecure world around you. Relate to yourself, before you eat, shower, speak a word…relate with yourself.
Your relationship with your food, body, and everyone else will suffer if you relate with it as an insecure person. So, first thing when you wake up, serve yourself a dose of your own security. Then serve others.
Otherwise, you’ll be giving others your insecurity. You’ll pass on to them your fears and doubts. You’ll inject it into the food you touch, your kids, your job, your dog, your cat, etc.
Your security is not your money, cars, clothes, social status, etc. It is nothing that can be lost. Anything that can be lost simply CANNOT give you security. So, your security MUST come from something that doesn’t change.
It’s beyond life and death. It is beyond high and low. It’s beyond near and far. IT IS THE YOU WITHIN YOU.