On Good Friday I did something I haven’t done for a very long time. I spent the entire day in solitude. I didn’t answer my mobile, no radio, no TV. Not a single word to a soul.
Was I lonely? No. I recently read a book by Deepak Chopra regarding meditation. Please don’t rush to think I simply accept what others say and immediately become a disciple. I carefully considered what he had to say, and I must say I am attracted to the eastern idea of spirit, mind and body.
In a way, that is why I do martial arts. The discipline of controlling one’s mind and body is fantastic to experience. So to Friday.
I got up, had breakfast and did all the necessary things we do to ready ourselves for the day. I turned on my computer and started editing some of the writing I have been doing on my novel. It’s a story about a young man’s journey to find out who he is, literally.
I finished that and did some reading. Then I sat back, closed my eyes and contemplated the noise inside my head. It is amazing the stream of thoughts that flash through your mind. It reminded me of a piece I read on the ‘net a few days ago where the writer contended that we really have no control over our thoughts.
I have trouble with the concept that we don’t have any control over our thoughts. if we have no control over thought, how can we have control over our life and living? I have been teaching others, for years, that the one significant difference between humankind and other creatures is our power of decision.
So, I deliberately cleared my mind of the clutter and directed my thoughts to my innermost goals and desires. I don’t know how long I did this. It seemed like forever, and I have to say that without any outside distractions, locked in my own universe, if you like, I experience a clarity of thought and feeling I hadn’t had for so long.
I ‘came to,’ so to speak, refreshed and more convinced than ever that it is right and proper for each of us to devote some time just to ourselves and, in so doing, become more able to focus on the concerns of others.
The next day was a top day and I felt really grateful for the friends and acquaintances I met with that day. It’s great to be able to relate to others and have a real concern for them.