on meditation and other somewhat but not completely related tangents

Since I finished my PhD, I’ve had such a flood of creativity. I read. I practice yoga. I run. I have crazy ideas for small business startups. I have plans to start piano lessons. I have money now to make plans with. Work has been easy and really enjoyable. It’s a wonderful time for me, and I wish I could share it. After so many years of “storing up for the winter,” I can finally enjoy life. I can spend my time and energy doing what I really want to do and it feels absolutely amazing. Socially, I am in new territory as well. Just between you and me, I am incredibly picky about the people I choose to spend time with because I so enjoy being alone. That’s because solitude, introspection, and close-knit is my specialty. Although I have a life’s work to do in terms of meditation, contemplation, and enlightenment, things like meditation have always been a relatively easy and natural state for me.

I heard this today on a radio program: There was a guru who taught meditation to his students. Whenever a student said something along the lines of, “What’s the big deal? I don’t get it.” The guru would take the students to meditate with corpses. Evidently, meditating next to slowly rotting corpses was a surefire way to teach people to meditate. As morbid as that sounds, I actually think it would work brilliantly.

Not surprisingly, meditation has been on my mind. I’ve been hearing stories from people I know and friends of friends who go to monasteries and temples annually (or more) to “recharge their batteries.” People seem to do this sort of thing on a regular basis. It’s a relatively new concept for me, but it sounds really hard and also amazing. For the first time ever, it is also the kind of luxury that I could afford emotionally, psychically, and financially.

So many people spend their lives doing something they hate (or at least dislike) so that they can have healthcare and not have to live in fear of a medical disaster causing bankruptcy and seriously screwing up the rest of their lives forever. I think universal healthcare is going to free people up so much that the world (or at least the US) will change a little bit for the better. I mean, people will still have to work for money. And while that’s not always 100% the greatest thing ever for the soul, without the added burden of doing something for health insurance, I think people will be more likely to pursue their interests in really life-affirming ways that will, yes, make the world a better place. Won’t that be nice?

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