I will keep today’s post short and simple.
I spent the last few days in the hospital, as I had to take care of my eighty-year-old grandmother who had to undergo an operation due to her fractured leg.
During this time, I saw her suffer from severe pain physically as well as mentally.
When I try to remember that moment now as I write this post, I realize how difficult it would have been for her, or for anyone else under the same situation, to think positive thoughts, or be mindful, or do meditation when her body and mind were under severe pain.
You, too, may have been through such situations in your life when you saw someone suffer from any accident, or from old-age, or from any disease.
Such experiences make us aware of the truth that once you start to suffer from old-age, or from any kind of disease, then it becomes difficult to practice mindfulness and meditation in your daily life.
And that’s why, it’s important for you to understand that your body and mind are very fragile in nature. You never know when you will lose your ability to control them.
Yet, many among us continue to postpone our meditation practice for one excuse or another.
But ask yourself, if you can’t practice mindfulness and meditation right now, at this moment, then what’s the guarantee that you will be fit enough tomorrow to practice them.
What if something were to happen to your health and well-being tomorrow?
Then won’t it would be hard for you to be mindful of your thoughts and actions, when your full attention will be on your pain.
So, today, at this moment, when you are in perfect health and have full control over your body and mind, then why not give this time to meditate and to gain deeper understanding about yourself.
When you are in good health, then that’s the best time you will ever have in your life to practice mindfulness and meditation. Don’t waste it on any other thing that takes you away from your practice.
If you don’t gain proper understanding about yourself now when you are in perfect health, then tomorrow you may not get another chance to do so. And then, you will only keep moving from one desire to another, and accumulate more and more suffering for yourself and for others around you.
We only have so much time on this planet. So why waste that time on following useless pursuits while forgetting the greatest pursuit in life – the pursuit of finding who you are and what’s your core purpose in life.
Think about this for today.