As I sat on the bench in the park to begin my meditation practice, I noticed there was a swarm of flies not far from me circling around the same bench. It was a family of flies with the elderly flies attending to the younger flies who were all over the place. As I closed my eyes and began my practice, I felt the tingling of the flies on my body and my face and it was becoming a sort of distraction as one by one each fly started circling around my head. I opened my eyes, observed the flies and instead of shooing them away just shifted to the next bench that was vacant and started my practice. The flies meanwhile kept to the first bench and were happy doing whatever they were doing. I sat on the other bench had a tranquil practice with no distraction whatsoever.
Had I been unmindful, I could have sat there thinking “This is my bench, How dare the flies disturb me”, distracted, irritated and shooing away the flies.
Had I been unmindful, I could have sat there thinking “This is my bench, How dare the flies disturb me”, distracted, irritated and shooing away the flies. The flies meanwhile would have intensified their sting on me realizing there is a threat to their existence. Similarly, we let daily frustrations and irritations take hold of our lives and blind us to the beauty and peace that exists if all we can do is simply shift benches.
In this case, the bench figuratively represents our perspective, thinking, emotions and actions.T his is playing out in major ways in the external world, where we tend to start owning, expecting things which are not our own or which are not in sync with the image of our ideal life and waste precious energy and resources leading to disappointments and agony due to this misplaced sense of expectations and entitlement
When we consciously witness, respond and let go of things without getting affected, its possible to use life situations however negative as a catalyst for growth. There is a greater sense of understanding, sensitivity and appreciation for everyone and everything. One is more aligned externally and internally and a sense of detachment to whatever is happening outside develops.
Have you done The Shift in your life?