The Truth of Discomfort – June 6 2020

The Truth of Discomfort – June 6 2020

Ask the physicist. He’ll tell you: “It’s all mere vibration; particles or charges in constant motion or just waves of different frequencies in a perpetual flux. Your three-dimensional world is largely a concoction of your senses and mind.


And you?


You are the consciousness which is the witness of all the drama, watching in amusement as the ego plays its games, dons different masks at different times and ends up identifying itself with the roles it plays. The real you is that ever-blissful, unchanging, blessed consciousness.

Sri M, 

The Little Guide to 

Greater Glory and a Happier Life


When I was in India on the Walk of Hope, each day was a new experience of discomfort. Blisters upon blisters, shoes that didn’t fit, heat stroke. Too-spicy food and cold showers. Dormitory sleeping quarters. Dust and smoke, not knowing Hindi, away from family and friends. The list could go on.


But ask me how my experience was and I’ll tell you it was fantastic.


How is that possible?


As Sri M says in the passage above, I am the witness to the drama, witness to the discomfort. I am not the drama, I am not the discomfort. The discomfort was a given. The source of it and the intensity of it changed on a day to day basis, but I never for a moment entertained the notion I could be comfortable. And because I meditate twice each day, I can remember that part of Self that is the witness to. I’m always just a few hours away from the experience that reminds me of this Truth of Self.


This is the gift of meditation. This ability to go beyond all that seems to be ‘wrong’ in the world to touch upon and identify as that which is absolutely ‘right’, always.


This in no way is to say that the happenings in the world are an illusion. The challenges we all are facing in these difficult times are absolutely real. But the more I know myself as that which is beyond my troubles, the less I am at the mercy of my troubles, and the more of myself I can commit to changing what needs to be changed in my world.


Today I will meditate twice, morning and evening; and during the hours of the day I am not meditating I will remember the Truth of what I am, reminding myself that the underlying Truth of me IS, and always will be, regardless of my outer circumstances; and to know myself as this underlying Truth is to be able to call on all the power of consciousness itself and bring it to bear on what must be changed in my world.

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