Hard Times Help
If you have lived, unfortunately you have also suffered. We all come up against hard times in life, which can at times push us to our very limits. Sometimes we wonder when the storm will end and the skies will clear. Well there is a another approach to these storms, besides praying and pleading to the heavens for a reprieve , and I want to share with you this helpful technique and my recent experience with wielding it.
For a myriad of reasons lately I have been confronted with a bout of insomnia. To a person who’s plate is quite full and to whom the early morning time is precious for spiritual work and meditation, this initially proved to be a source of considerable frustration. I tried several natural techniques to combat this condition, with some success, but finally decided to use a novel approach to this situation. I decided to ask the question, "What would a Spiritual Master do in this situation?" This question gave me a clear path for how to use this negative situation for positive growth. The answer was to forget about the traditional approaches to meditation, such as sitting cross-legged, or meditating at the crack of dawn, and instead to use the periods of insomnia for meditation in bed.
So now I am a master at meditating horizontally . In the past I have indicated the value of napping to facilitate enlightenment experiences (3 Simple Tips to Invite Enlightenment), and my stop start sleep pattern essentially created this type of scenario for me naturally. So for the past few weeks I have been having a torrid affair with Infinity. I have visited the endless space from where all thoughts originate, enjoyed bliss beyond description and last night experienced the incredible power of pure energy coursing through my various chakras and brain centers. So now, I again look forward to the end of the day and happily invite Mr. Insomnia to come and plague me, so I can respond like a Master and enjoy some more escapades with Infinity.
In Kundalini Yoga there is a slightly odd saying, "First you fake it and then you make it," or perhaps is originated elsewhere, but I came across it for the first time during my teacher’s training, and that is along the lines of what I am advising here. I am saying that when hard time come in life, see if you can act at that time like a Spiritual Master would. Ask yourself what would a great Saint do at this time? How would a Jesus approach this situation? What would a Buddha do? What would a Krishna do? What would a Guru Nanak do? Then do the same. By using this approach, the qualities of the Master whom you are looking to emulate will slowly emerge in you.
Really, such hard times are only there to help you grow. That is their purpose. To remind you of your attachments and create the necessary friction for you, so you make the effort to go beyond their root cause. Understanding the value of these challenges is key to your spiritual growth, so don’t let them get you down, instead approach them like a Master and Transcend!