Be the frog…

In Lifestyle on January 10, 2012 at 12:35 pm

On edge? A bit cranky? Feeling overwhelmed by life? Did the December holidays leave you limp and drained

I prescribe…


It’s not what you think.

It’s not about “transcending” or finding some magical “enlightenment” (a very misunderstood term), or about “tuning out”.

To the contrary…it’s about tuning in.

Do you often feel like your mind is running so fast that it will fly apart like a broken flywheel? Are you perplexed if you don’t have a “Plan B”? Are you always looking forward to (or back on) a pleasant memory or dreading (or regretting) something in the past (or future)?

Try meditating.

It’s about being. It’s not, “not doing anything”. No, meditation is “actively sitting”.

Be the frog…

In his book “Meditation: Now, or Never”, Hagen describes a day in the life of a frog sitting on his lily pad. The frog is aware of, but does not react to, the nearby birds, a squirrel, or a dragonfly. But when a meal flies by in the form of a fly, the frog whips out his tongue and eats. If he sent his tongue after things he could not eat, he’d soon tire and probably starve. If he remained unaware of the fly as it buzzed by, he would miss a meal and could starve.

When a raindrop splats right between the frogs eyes, he just blinks in acknowledgement and resumes “sitting”. He doesn’t worry much about whether the rain might herald a flood or if it might be the last rain for a long time. He simply acknowledges, “It’s raining.”

Then, he resumes sitting.

Hagen says, “When it’s time to croak, croak. When it’s time to eat, eat. When it’s time to sit (meditate), sit.”

Just be the frog.

And, so it is, with meditation.

Thoughts are just raindrops. Thoughts are only thoughts. Acknowledge them, but do not react to them. Just let them slip away while you just be. Events you dread (or look forward to in anticipation) are not here yet. Neither are the events you regret (or remember fondly). They are just “thoughts”.

Isn’t now enough to keep you busy?

We can’t impact the events in our thoughts. The events no longer (or do not yet) exist.

There is only now.

Dealing with events that do not exist only adds to our workload? Why add more to the “In” box?

With more events over the horizon and completed events behind us added to the load in our “In” boxes, we can only be certain of one thing…

…our “In” box will never be empty.

Consequently, the stuff we can deal with “now” gets complicated and made more difficult by adding stuff from “then”.

No wonder we feel overwhelmed!

Take fifteen minutes today…

…and deal with only one thing in your “In” box.

That “one thing”?

Just being.


[Phyne Dyning heartily recommends Hagen’s book and is a regular visitor at . ]


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