Like a Street in Kathmandu

Written by Sophia Elek, WLLC 2015-2016

“Wisdom from ancient and modern times point to the beginning and the end of the day as a time to think, evaluate, and correct course.” – Alex Ikonn and UJ Ramdas

This weeks practice has been to meditate for at least five minutes everyday. How thankful I am for this. My life recently has been like a street in Kathmandu, Nepal: nonstop flow of commotion. Yeah sometimes it can be fun to have a lot to do- feel productive and not become bored. However, it is equally as nice to have time during the day where my mind can be silenced. If it were not for the practice, I probably would have gone all week without a single moment of silence. I learned to value this time of meditation and reflection from a practice and reading done earlier this quarter. As Alex Ikonn and UJ Ramdas, authors of The Five-Minute Journal point out how important the beginning and end of the day can be. When we wake up, it is a fresh start. We can recreate ourselves at the start of every day if that is what we wish. Every evening, we can put behind us everything that occurred. What a gift. Mediating only adds to the experience. If we take five minutes to meditate everyday, we can ponder about whether or not we want to recreate ourselves tomorrow. Or we can meditate about who we were during the day- our actions, what we learned, and how we may have impacted the world.

Why is it important to have those five minutes of silence? Alex Ikonn and UJ Ramdas point out that “They make us evaluate our present habits in a split second, and think about the things we need to change. Even if you consider yourself to be ambitious, chances are you find it difficult to implement a series of new behaviors in your life”. Meditating allows reflecting on current habits and deciding which ones are worthy of keeping

For a lot of people, religious practices act as the equivalent to meditating. A lot of people say they look to religion for answers-answers about who they are and the choices they are making. Choices become habits and for this meditating this past week has been my religion. I have turned to those five minutes for answers about my daily choices. As J.R.R. Tolkien put it, “Not all who wander are lost”. I am not lost in my mind, simply finding different paths and testing them out.

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