Speedy Mind

Meditation happens one breath at a time. That’s a few seconds; in half a minute you may breathe in and out eight times. During that time you may have many thoughts, images, and feelings, because your brain works very quickly.

All mammalian brains seem to work quickly. The people who make commercials know this. They have thirty seconds to convince you that you are unsafe, dirty, ugly, tired, have a headache and you need this product, which is safe, clean, and will make you beautiful, alluring, smell good and live forever. An entire world of beauty is evoked. A lot can happen in half a minute.

Meditation experience comes at you just as rapidly. Fortunately, you have watched a lot of commercials in your life, so you can easily handle your meditative experience if you don’t resist. Get used to the speed and intensity. In reality, you think and feel that fast all the time. It is not only not a problem, it is a profound adaptation to the necessities of life. The brain doesn’t slow down during meditation, nor should it.

When you close your eyes to meditate, you have to respond to or accept your experiences second-by-second. That is why I tend to refer to meditation as a sport rather than a mind skill. It is a mind skill, but what people think of as mind isn’t mind. Mind is the entire body. Your whole body is your brain.

As an exercise, consciously watch some commercials. Notice the speed at which the scene changes, how much information is being presented for you to process, notice how easily your nerves ride the changes. In commercials, in life, and in meditation, thirty seconds is a long time.

Accept that your brain is fast. Get over it. Stop demanding that your brain stop. There is no such thing in a living brain. The brain hums with activity.

Your brain is 100 billion brain cells. The interconnections between them are, therefore, 100 billion times (100 billion-1) which is a very large number.

100,000,000,000,000,000,000 - you do the math.

When you accept all of life, then the activity of the brain turns to a hum of life, pranava.