This week’s meditation quote comes from The Book of Certitude. The Book of What? Certitude. Written by the prophet Baha’u’llah, it is the central work of the Baha’i belief system, probably the world’s religion youngest major religion (unless New Age ever gets counted as a belief). I’ll be honest I don’t refer to the Book of Certitude as much as other holy texts (but certainly more than ones that, say, advocate mass genocide) but it does have its moments of wisdom.
189: “We have variously and repeatedly set forth the meaning of every theme, that perchance every soul, whether high or low, may obtain, according to his measure and capacity, his share and portion thereof. Should he be unable to comprehend a certain argument, he may, thus, by referring unto another, attain his purpose. “That all sorts of men may know where to quench their thirst.” [Italics Added]
In most organized religions you seldom get an understanding that if one idea doesn’t work you should move onto what does rather than just mindless hold to dogma…although this should not be surprising for a religion that thinks Abraham, Jesus, Mohammed, Krishna, Buddha and Zoroaster are all prophets of God, nor as far as I know, did Baha’u’llah claim to be the last prophet that will ever come. And again while I could probably get into volumes of commentary on passage, I’m going to go with the idea that that if it isn’t working, it’s time to move on and find something that is.
If you are completely happy with your life, wonderful…please tell me your secret. I think however that for the rest of us, there are moments where we feel like George Bailey half-way through the film, not quite sure what the hell we’re doing with our lives. Not miserable, but not sure how to be even happier.
Now I’m big on focusing on the good and using the law of attraction to visualize a better life. But looking at what’s wrong can also be helpful so long as you don’t get bogged down in the negative.
So to start out this week I want you to make a list of things you are unhappy about in your life. Stop writing at 20 items or so, we don’t want to get too bogged down in the negative. Too often our misfortunes and miseries in life have a single root problem that merely tends to spill out into our the rest of our life. And while the more pressing problems of job, relationship, health might be quite detrimental, they have are merely symptoms of a more basic problem (that may be in one of the more important areas) that then affects everything else in your life. But you can’t solve a problem until you know the cause of it.
So this week I want you to meditate on this list for 10 minutes every day, beginning your meditation with the question ”What is the root cause of all of these dissatisfactions in my life.” And clear your mind and let the universe provide you an answer.
Now, hopefully if your meditations do point to a single cause, meditation alone won’t be enough to solve those problems. New job, new relationship, new city, new behavior…it might take a little doing, but if you find the cause of your problems, you do need to change it—but I’m here to provide meditations you will be responsible for changing the thing you can.
And as I’m always about the positive, I would focus an additional ten minutes on visualizing what your life will look like with this stumbling block removed.