Budda Budda Budda Budda
That’s only the sound of a motorcycle …… Jump up with me and enjoy a ride!
Meditation? Wat ist Das???
You’ve probably heard about meditation and how it’s supposed to be good for you. Something about lighting of incense, sitting on the floor and legs crossed. You pinch your fingers in that awkward position and go ahhhummmmmmmm. Heck, maybe you even tried it!!!
Well this post won’t be about that kind of ceremonial stuff. I did experience meditation a couple of years ago, something called Zen. I followed some rituals but basically made my own. Living in my one room appartement, mattress on the floor, I couldn’t afford a nice chiming bell. So I went to the hardware store and banged on all the metal objects. I found this long screwy metal rod. When hit an amazing beautiful GONG sound resonated! And for just a handful of bucks! Great!
Once a week we would join together at a friend’s home to meditate. We began by repeating a Japanese Mantra over and over : Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, which means something akin to: “I dedicate my life to the wonderful mystic law of cause and effect.” Years later as I clowned in India I discovered the Ganesh Mantra – Om Gan Ganapataye Namo Namah. Recently I went to a Tibetan Buddhist ceremony with even more chanting! I’ve been singing in choirs for years, so it all resonated with me, but does it really have to do with meditation?
A song and a dance
Well I don’t speak Japanese, and I sure don’t do Tibetan too! And then there are the costumes and the rituals…. shaving off my wavy curly blond locks ( I wish!) and wearing a “one-color-fits-all” robe. The thing is, I am a Westerner living in the 21st century. Guatama, the first Buddha, sat under a tree 2500 years ago in India. Well, where else would he sit????? In his Maserati? Same for Japan where I still imagine empty rooms and sitting on the tatami. Tea anyone?
And what about those dresses? The original Buddhist Toga was made of rags, embodying his rejection of the Ego. And then, with the same intentions as Pope Gregory imposing a monopoly of his beliefs system: ritual, rules and regulations started to take over. The original intent got lost, as many people complains today about the loss of the Christmas spirit. The thrill is gone! (Or actually only the thrill is left!)
No electricity, no recording devices and most people were illiterate. (Could Jack and Jane even have access to writing tools and paper?) So yes, do sing and repeat, repeat and sing, that’s the way to teach the masses. No running water, toilets or hygiene as we know it today; just imagine a roomful of sweaty workers chanting for hours together! Maybe incense was more than a spiritual whiff for enlightenment… ( I wonder even if the concept of ‘stink’ even existed in those days!)
Back to school
So what are the basics of meditation if it’s not the songs, the costumes and the rituals? One answer is that it’s all about paying attention!
We live in an OVERSTIMULATING WORLD constantly bombarding all our senses. Not only that, we also live in a culture of ACCEPTABLE ESCAPISM: alcohol, sugar, sex, drugs, casinos, entertainment, and in these days social media. Contradictory to what we have been lead to believe, addictions do not exists! The Vietnam war veterans and the Rat Park experiment have proven this.
Meditations is reconnecting to our inner wisdom.
In all this noise we are suffering in silence! Yes, we are! We are because we have lost the art of listening to our inner world. We are so disconnected from heeding to our inner messages that our bodies have to break down for us to listen. We become overweight and extinguish our immune system. We become sick. Meditations is simply reconnecting to our inner wisdom in order to heal ourselves.
So yes, you may need incense, mantras, chanting, costumes or rituals to cut yourself off from all the external stimulus. After this step comes the art of quieting your mind and becoming available to listen, simply listen. Challenging at first, and as with any new skill, it does becomes easier as you ‘practice’
So next time you hear Budda Budda Budda Budda…. just know that under all the bell and whistles there is really something awesome. IT’S YOU!!!
YOU are wonderful! YOU are amazing! YOU are beautiful! I want to give you the tools so that you can also bathe in the awesome joy of life!
Meditation is just one of those tools, listening to your heart. I wish to bring you more as I will write about non-dualism in a following post.
It is an honor to love you and to share this world with you.
Start the conversation by writing your thoughts in the ‘Leave a Reply’ section below!
If telling my story can offer a beacon of hope then I feel I have started to accomplish my task.
Guy Giard is a speaker and the author of the upcoming book ‘LOVE’s healing journey’ How to Triumph over life’s adversities.
Dr “Patch” Adams writes about Guy Giard: “I truly feel his passion to live radiant, using clowning as a tool to help midwife a loving world. To hear of his own transformation to being a loving soul will inspire others to try it on.
Sign up today for the Pre-Launch Newsletter by following this link and be the first to receive special reductions and excerpts from the book!
Guy Giard is available to lead meditation workshops for your annual conferences and conventions.