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Question:

Some more explanation on ‘planning happens in the present moment’ will be helpful to me.  Often, when I am walking [morning walk] or meditating, a thought or an idea arises on what needs to be done to resolve a current issue, without any intentional planning/thinking.

 

Answer:

Did you notice that you said that a thought just comes during your morning walk or meditating, this is when you are totally relaxed. That’s called an intuitive thought. That is a good way to work too. Never ignore intuition, it usually comes without any initiative and that is the way to recognize intuition from your own craving/aversions.

 

Planning comes into play when one is devoid of intuition.

 

When you sit to plan, for e.g. just take your excel sheet and put down how you are going to go about it, it is important to be in the present moment. Only if you are in the present moment, can you put your thoughts down properly. If you are lost in emotions of anxiety and fear of the future, you will make an error of judgement and your plan will not be perfect. Therefore, planning happens well only when you are in the present moment.

Once planning is complete, you need to put in your 100% and work towards it. You cannot put in your 100% unless you are in the present moment. Thus action also happens in the present moment.

So the entire event from ‘planning to action’ happens in the present moment. Where is the room for future? The mistake we make is that we keep fantasizing. Fantasy is always in the future. You can never be in the present when fantasizing…… which also means that you cannot be productive when you are fantasizing……. which also means it is just a waste of time and waste of mind. Got it?

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3 Comments

  1. a spiritualist

    Lot of times we sell our meditation practice short. Take analogy

    An athlete is practicing for an upcoming meet. Decides he has to run 3 miles at 6 miles/hr speed in the morning session and lift weights during the evening session.

    Will the athlete stop running because he has a little bit of heartburn or some other issue? He will not stop until he has something major like severe muscle spasm.

    Similarly, if his hands are feeling tired, will he stop doing bench presses? He will push himself/herself to the limit before breaking.

    Our meditation session is to perfect our yoga (union, oneness). Every random thought takes us away from that goal. We should quickly wind up/negete the thought and bring back our attention to the object of meditation, be it breath, or voidness.

    One technique that worked for me is keeping a notebook handy. If any random thought comes and seems to be important weather for personal work or office work, then note down that important work. To be handled later. That way that thought does not roil the session. And back to meditation.

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  2. Brandon Hatton

    I am working on dropping my prior conditioning. I find as a westerner raised as Christian, please give me your insights on the Christian King James Bible. I often hear enlightened saints & sages refer to Christ and his teachings as some of the highest. However i dont hear much about the legitimacy of the Bible itself. How do you view the Bible? A story, meant to teach us? A historical document? Both? Neither? If you were going to study Jesus teachings, would you read his red letter words? The KJV Bible? Another bible? All bibles? Please help me drop this conditioning.

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    • Gnyana Sangha

      Dear Brandon, all spiritual scriptures have the truth hidden in some gem-like verses. As Man did not understand all of them, he misinterpreted some, added his own meaning to some, and dismissed some. So we are left with diluted scriptures in the end, especially those that were written in languages that did not become extinct. I will select a few verses and write a few blog posts soon to help mark out how all teachings are pointing towards the same oneness dear.

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