If It Feels Good – January 11 2019

If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.
Joseph Campbell
 
Why do we meditate?
 
To feel better, is as good an answer as any.
 
So often we get the message we should not enjoy ourselves if others around us are suffering. As if for me to enjoy myself is disrespectful of someone who is having a hard time, who is suffering. Nothing could be further from the truth.
 
Nature works via good feeling. We do what we do because it feels right, because on some level it feels good to do. Now, if we are not meditating, what feels “good” and “right” might not be what’s best for us or the people around us. In fact, it may run absolutely counter to what is best for us. Witness the years some of us have spent in alcoholism and/or drug addiction. But this use of substances (which also could include the abuse of food, sex, power, control, spending, cosmetic surgery, etc.) is merely a mis-take of the system nature has given us as a guide.
 
Nature shows us the direction of evolution, the only direction it wants us to move in, by making that direction seem more charming to us than any other direction. If we are not in relation to the Self within, we can’t feel this guidance, but we still have the need to move in the direction of good feeling. Hence the use of numbing or comforting or mood-altering substances and behaviors in order to feel better.
 
But when we get in relation to the Self, through meditation, then what feels good and right is what is best for nature, best for consciousness as a whole, best for ourselves and for everyone around us.
 
It is our responsibility to move in the direction of the enjoyment of life. We must practice feeling good, feeling at peace, feeling at ease. This is how we align ourselves with the flow of nature. This is how we join life, and become able to follow where nature has need of us, i.e. where we can be most fully of service.
 
To think that we must suffer in order to be of service to those around us makes no sense. If I have fallen into a ditch and can’t climb out, I certainly don’t want you to jump down here with me. Please, stay on the roadway and guide me as I climb out; or if you can, reach out a hand. But don’t join me in the ditch.
  
Today I will insist on enjoying life, regardless of what is going on in my world, or in yours. I will find one thing today I can enjoy: a full breath, a cloud crossing the sun, the sound of wind in the trees or the distant tolling of a bell. I will stop to enjoy this one thing and ask for the guidance of nature to help me expand that moment into another.
 
Road through Trees, Gay, Georgia

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