I recently went to a chanting circle. In all the quiet spaces between the chanting, the leader of the group included some guided meditation instructions, reminding everyone to get our minds out of the way to let our hearts and souls just be.
At one point she spoke in a soothing voice to let our minds be quiet, that the mind was not designed to be in harmony with the soul… and from deep within my meditative state something inside of me said – say what??
How is it possible that I was designed with some part of me in constant conflict with my soul? How could any part of me not be designed to be in harmony with my Self? Why is the mind always made out to be the bad guy? How can I truly find inner peace if I’m constantly telling a whole part of my being to shut up? How can my heart and soul only expand by pushing a part of me out of the way?
These were the thoughts that were going through my mind in the midst of chanting God’s name – and I didn’t want to push the thoughts away. As common as it is to use this kind of meditation technique, I realized that it’s still coming from a conflict paradigm – the soul vs the ego, the heart vs the mind… who will win? But I do not want to conquer some part of myself. And if we truly DO change the world by changing our thoughts and our internal world – then I want to love myself and create unity & peace with ALL parts of my being, inside & out.
Of course the mind was designed to be in absolute harmony with my soul – it was designed to be in perfect harmony with the whole universe! God did not design us to be in conflict within ourselves or with each other.
So, I would like to change the conflict model of meditation. Let’s have the soul embrace the mind and entice the mind to serve the soul. If we love our minds instead of fighting with them, our minds will love us back and do anything for us. The mind is amazing – it gives us focus, intelligence, insight and the ability to use words to express, to pray and to chant the name of God. Ask your mind to help you focus on the stillness inside yourself, ask your mind to keep coming back to the peace you truly are, ask your mind to rest inside Divine Light. Invite your mind to be a full participant in your spiritual practice.
The mind is perfectly capable of understanding Truth – that is what it was made for – so let’s not push it out of the way. Let’s unify the soul and the mind into one purpose of loving God, loving the Self and loving each other.