No matter how little I care about technology, I recently had to buy a smartphone for easier social updates and checking if everything’s okay with my blog.
In a new white and blue Samsung Smartphone showroom in the middle of a busy Indian city, I was served by a sales guy who was very polite and self-contained.
When I signed the papers and made the payment, he took out the smartphone from the box and prepared to apply a non-scratchable screen protector to it.
When he was applying the screen protector by carefully placing the thin transparent layer on the smartphone screen, it was a pleasure to watch him do it.
He did it in such a meditative way. His whole focus was on that single task, and he took plenty of time to make it perfect. Watching him made me so happy, because you don’t see many people these days so single-mindedly focused on anything.
It seemed that nothing existed for him except for that smartphone and the non-scratchable layer he was applying.
Me and my boyfriend were as though hypnotized by his meditative action. It was a delight to watch him do it, and we both got into a sort of meditation too. All this happened in a busy city’s smartphone showroom, which shows that meditation in action (and usual meditation, with time) is possible everywhere!
Of course, his work was perfect – he applied the extra surface layer in a way that you couldn’t tell it was there.
It was a pleasure doing business with him and I wish more people would be so focused on the task at hand.
My personal experience with meditation in action
I love to start a day in a meditative way. I wake up, do pranayama, light yoga, make tea or read a spiritual book.
I do each activity slowly, and there’s nothing more in my mind except for that single activity. Such a way of doing things is indeed meditation, and it’s something to consider for those who find it hard to meditate in a usual way.
Sometimes, at the end of yoga or pranayama, I just sit on my meditation mat, looking at nothing in particular and feeling blissful.
I love staying in such a meditative mood, and I could sit this way for a long time, as it’s such a pleasure of a higher kind to experience this. There’s absolute emptiness in my mind, when I sit like this, and there’s nothing amazing happening in terms of spiritual visions or anything like this, yet this experience seems magical to me.
You probably heard of a Japanese tea ceremony called “Chado”. In the About.com Buddhism section you find this description of Chado:
Through meticulous attention to every detail of preparing and drinking tea, the participants enter into a shared, intimate experience of tea.
This kind of meditative action takes you beyond the rough reality into something more subtle and magical. Any action can be made into meditation, yet making tea is pleasant in itself, so it’s easy to apply that extra attention and do it slower.
Any activity, if done mindfully, will fill you with happiness. Every small and seemingly insignificant action taken this way can make you feel peaceful and contented. After such an experience of meditation in action, a saying can be understood that happiness is in the small things.
There’s such clarity of mind and a sense of freedom when you’re not ruled by your mind even for ten minutes. If you’re a master of your mind, peace and contentment is a natural state of being.
You can quieten your mind by placing a total focus on whatever task you’re doing. Mind, having no control over the situation, gives it to the control of the self, and thus happiness and contentment arises.
At first, the mind, conditioned to do this way, will try to make you rush. “There’s no time”, “Other things need to be accomplished” might be the thoughts that would arise. Ignore them all, and focus entirely on the task at hand to achieve meditation in action.
If you do, you will become the thing you focused on, or the activity you’re doing. Such an experience will expand your perception, and you will never be the same again.
Conclusion about meditation in action
Meditation in action sometimes comes naturally to people, like in the first example I gave of a man applying an extra surface to the smartphone. It can come at will too, if you focus on taking one action single-mindedly, and without rush.
Meditation in action is perfect for those who can’t do usual meditation (because, for example, they have too many thoughts). It can be, therefore, a stepping stone to the traditional meditation.
Meditation in action can also be a nice addition to those who already do regular meditation or yoga. Such a meditation will enrich one’s experience with more peace, happiness and contentment.
If you experienced meditation in action, share this experience with others by leaving a comment below.