Monday, May 4, 2015

Defragging Your Hard Drive

You know how to defrag your computer right? It's that little program that reorganizes your hard drive so that everything runs just a little smoother. Most of us have our computers set up to take care of this task automatically once a week in the middle of the night. It's why our computers usually run smoothly first thing in the morning when we check our emails as we roll out of bed (and therein lies another post, but I digress).

I just read a marvelous little book called "Sit Like a Buddha" by Lodro Rinzler. Someone once told him that they wanted to meditate so that they could "defrag their hard drive."  I love that image. Meditation is a little like that. Not exactly defragging but it does work day to day to help keep your mind working smoothly, minimizing those bugs like the blues and general worries.  Unfortunately you can't set it to run in the middle of the night on automatic like you do on your PC.  Meditation is a manual defrag. You have to do the work - daily defragging is recommended.

Defragging is not a perfect analogy by any means. We, life and our brains are more mysterious and complex than a processor or hard drive (so far anyway). But when I don't meditate I feel a little buggie, a little cloudy, a little, well, fragged.  I miss the clarity that meditation can bestow on my days. 

Meditation doesn't make the world look better, just clearer - and what you can see clearly you can handle better.  And if you can handle it better, well, you're going to feel better no matter what the issue.

That's good for you and your clients. And family. And friends.

It's a win-win that costs about ten minutes a day. Pretty cheap I'd say.

Thanks for reading.