“Some people think that meditation takes time away from physical accomplishment. Taken to extremes, of course, that’s true. Most people however, find that meditation creates more time than it takes.” -Peter McWilliams
The world transforms itself to match our inner world. If I have learned only one thing over the last 390 days, this is the essential takeaway. This knowledge, sometimes deeper than my own name, has come to me through practice. Its truth is documented in thousands of books, including some of the oldest scriptures on the planet about the power of the mind to transform our lives.
There is no more powerful life practice than meditation to find the spaces between your thoughts. At first, it is just about learning to pay attention and watch the endless thought parade without needing to act. Just learning to allow thoughts to go by and not needing to do anything but watch them is transforming. It provides a space cushion in daily dealings so that we trust that we have time to respond. Learning to feel the stillness that exists under the thoughts is where the practice of meditation becomes a retreat. Silencing the chatter even for minutes at a time allows you to sometimes hear the quiet, clear voice of acceptance and love.