Journeys Through Meditation

Living a Life with No Cares, Worries, or Anxieties

“On the healing power of time – Can you imagine what it means to have no cares, no worries, no anxieties, but merely to be perfectly calm and quiet all the time?  Yet this is what time is for; to learn just that and nothing more.” – Meditations From A Course In Miracles

Today’s meditation stated to try to imagine what it means to have no cares, no worries, and no anxieties while being perfectly calm and quiet all the time. Peace achieved!

I was excited to be entering this meditation. But, unfortunately, worries and anxieties seem to rule my life. I cannot go a day without one concern or another creeping to the surface to invade my life. If only I could quiet my mind. Pushing aside the cares, the worries, and the anxieties is easy if my brain would quit chattering.

“Wow! What’s that on top of that pillar?” My brain looks deeper into the picture provided and interrupts my calm state.

“We’re supposed to be meditating,” I chastise it.

“It looks like a couple of rocks. Now, why would someone do that?” My brain, of course, is ignoring me and continuing with its inquisition.

“I don’t know, and I don’t care. Now, let’s meditate.”

“Oh, the water is so still with a haze over the lake. I wonder if my nephew’s softball game got rained out.”

“Shhh… Be quiet!”

My brain finally silences for a moment and then says, “What are we supposed to be meditating on again?”

“No cares, no worries, no anxieties; just calm and quiet,” as I read the few choice words from the book in front of me.

My brain is quiet again. I settle my eyes on the picture once more until I notice movement out of the corner of my eye.

“Hey, look!” I listen to my brain and glance up from the book to look out my window, “Oh, it’s just a white van. Check out that kid swerving his bicycle on the road!”

“I hope he doesn’t fall and hurt himself,” I say as I fall for the inevitable trap that my brain laid out for me. I know that it’s just racing thoughts. However, I can’t shake the feeling that they just want to race right out of my meditation.