Introverted and Extroverted Meditation

In the evenings, i go on an hour long walk or so.  This walk is along a street that many cars drive on and sometimes there are fellow walkers out and about as well.  If i’m super fortunate, there will even be a rabbit or two munching away on some grass.  Ahh, precious moments observing life 🙂

Over the past week, I’ve been reading a book called The Science of Self-Realization.  It’s written by the same person who translated one of those most popular version of the Bhagavad Gita.  Anyway, his whole message is very simply, a flippin’ love the simplicity of it!  All he basically says, over and over again, in so many different ways, is “chant the name of the Lord.”  Specifically, he recommends that everyone chants, “Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.”  It’s an awesome chant, and on the walk I often chant it while i’m in free open air.  Chanting any names or ideas associated with God will likely return good feelings, and isn’t that what we all want anyway?  Feel good 🙂

Alas, despite the good feelings generated by this chant, just yesterday I realized that the chant, at least for me, generates more of an introverted feeling.  It doesn’t necessarily make me want to engage in the world so much as transcend to some other level.  I think this sort of chanting / meditation is good especially when one is sitting or with a group of people all doing it.  But when you’re by yourself, walking on the street, potentially engaging fellow walkers, the space it reveals isn’t quite the most outgoing vibe.  If that makes any sense…

So, for the 2nd half of the walk yesterday, instead of chanting the Hare Krsna Chant, also known as the maha mantra, I decided to chant something along the lines of, “I love you and I’m grateful for you, thank you, thank thank you!”  I would chant this while looking all around me, directing the energy towards people in passing cars, fellow walks, trees, and blades of grass.  All forms of life received a bit of this abundant energy 🙂  I consider this type of chant more extroverted because it consists in training the mind in creating a healthy relationship with all that is in the world.  Instead of concentrating on building my own relationship with the Divinity Within, allows me to focus on building my relationship with the Divinity Beyond.  Of course, the Yin-Yang is ultimately one, so I think loving God in the world helps us love God in ourselves, and loving God in ourselves helps us love God in the world.  The point being that…when you’re in the world, you might as well focus on loving God in the world 🙂  And when you’re sitting in meditation or prayer, connect with that Divinity Within…abundantly!

Meditation seems to serve a dual purpose then, and actually it probably serves infinite purposes.  On one level, it helps us appreciate the gifts we’ve been given.  Sitting with your eyes closed, you can start to feel really good, just as a result of becoming more conscious and aware of that abundance of goodness that is within.  In the world, walking, you can also start to feel really good, just by sending out all that pure energy inside and giving it freely to the world.

Either way, it sounds like a win to me 🙂  And the best part about this type of win is that there is really no competition…so everybody wins!

 

Abundantly, thank you 🙂

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One thought on “Introverted and Extroverted Meditation

  1. This could have been a great meditation for you yesterday:

    To meditate on the greatest of all mysteries, Mysterium Fidei, Mysterium Amoris.

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