Our movie was Synecdoche
, which I later learned is a real word that means "A figure of speech in which a part is used to represent the whole (as 'hand' for 'sailor'), or the whole is used to represent a part (as 'the law' for 'police officer'). It was very appropriate given the content of the film. There were endless gems of wisdom to be discovered in Synecdoche
for those with the meditative awareness and presence to see them. And of course, we all may see very different things based on where we stand in our own consciousness.
Of the messages I saw, the one that stood out the most was actually a lesson in meditation. I have immediately gone to work to implement that teaching and have so far found it quite liberating. The lesson is that we who are meditators, we who are endeavoring to wake up and enlighten, have both the opportunity and responsibility of choosing to be informed, inspired, and/or enriched by what Life unfolds before us in the moment. The alternative is to react and repeat. In other words, same s**t, different day. That is the path of the non-meditator -- the person who does not become present, or internally still, and does not move toward greater clarity. The outcome of a life so lived will be the logical conclusion of our chain reaction of repetitious choices. What unfolds before us, after all, is a reflection of who we are -- or who we choose to be in spite of who we really
So as a meditative practice this month, the next time you find yourself reacting to something in your life (getting upset, worried, frustrated, etc.) and losing your center, bring yourself present and ask yourself how you can be informed, inspired or enriched by what the Moment has revealed.
Feel free to share your experience on the message board or our Get Your Spiritual Mojo Going Meetup site!
, and come ready to share more about your experience at next month's Meetup on Sunday, Dec. 14.Antonia M, PhD
Inner Life Society