Meditation is both about enjoying the journey, and exploring ourselves and the world we live in. In Elizabeth Lesser’s words, “we meditate to wake up and live, to become skilled at the art of living.”.
Let us look closer at what she means, by reading her quote in it’s full context:
“Meditation practice is like piano scales, basketball drills, ballroom dance class. Practice requires discipline; it can be tedious; it is necessary. After you have practiced enough, you become more skilled at the art form itself. You do not practice to become a great scale player or drill champion. You practice to become a musician or athlete. Likewise, one does not practice meditation to become a great meditator. We meditate to wake up and live, to become skilled at the art of living.”
– Elizabeth Lesser
While it is easy to think of someone who meditates as a “meditator”, the art it teaches is something far greater.
Practiced enough, meditation penetrates into the very way we perceive the moments as they appear to us, and teaches us how to welcome them with open arms and a balanced center.
Perhaps meditation has already woken you up, or shown hints of it’s lessons in the art of living.
Does meditation make you more adept at the art of living? Please share your thoughts below…
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