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Meditation and wisdom

It seems that the theme for me over this past week has been about meditation and wisdom, which is something I’m quite happy about.

A long time ago, I was a wise young man. I also meditated a lot.

And then I got older and became a grumpy older man, and wisdom has been something I’ve felt is lacking in me for quite a few years. I haven’t meditated for quite a few years either.

And just like I’ve been seeking wisdom in my life again, I’ve also been seeking the motivation to return to meditation.

I think there’s a huge correlation in the amount of wisdom a person has, and the amount of meditation they engage in.

Young people can display incredible wisdom, if they spend time in quiet contemplation about life and the human experience.

Wisdom is not something that is automatically gained the older you get. There’s some really immature and ignorant old people out there. Nor is it something that you’re born with, despite many children or teenagers seeming to be wise beyond their years.

Those who manage to calm their mind and avoid engaging in the chaos around them, seem to display wisdom.

It’s usually in those who have learnt over the years that keeping their mind calm leads to a better life, but even children can find a peacefulness in their mind, and end up being wise too.

In my premium post this week in The Journey Files, I wrote about meditation. I wrote about how spiritually connected I used to be back when I used to meditate. I wrote about how much I miss meditating.

Since then, I’ve been thinking about this topic, and the connection that meditation seems to have with spiritual connections and experiences, as well as with wisdom.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the wisest of people throughout history also used to meditate.

If one seeks wisdom, then one should seek to meditate on the intricacies of life. Or even just to clear the mind. If one seeks to find clarity in thought, then meditation seems to be the path to that objective.

It’s clear to me that I need to meditate more. I’ve already started this week, but I’ve only done it once. I intend developing it into a daily habit, first thing in the morning when I wake up. To clear my mind after sleeping, to begin each new day with clarity of thought.

I suspect that one of the side effects of it will be increased quality in my writing.

I also recognise that I need to purposefully move away from those things in my life that distract me from my purpose, which in this instance is to improve my writing. In order to calm my mind, I need to eliminate those things which cloud it.

There’s going to be some changes around here as I work at simplifying my life and removing these emotional distractions so I can have a clearer mind when meditating.

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