Meditate on that which is beyond words and symbols. Forsake the demands of the self. By such forsaking you will live serenely. — Sutta Nipata

I can’t tell you how many times I enter prayer or meditation overwhelmed by personal needs and concerns. The Buddhist truism puts me in my place. 
In real life, upon meeting an old friend over lunch or even over the phone I seldom begin the conversation with something like, “Let me tell you about my needs, concerns, and problems.” If I did I doubt if I’d have many opportunities to go out to lunch or friends for that matter.
I usually begin a lunch or phone call with asking about the other person, their kids, and how work is going. God must be a very patient soul to put up with my incessant complaining and bitching. Not once do I start a prayer with, “How are you doing, God?”
I am sure the Buddhist’s have a lot more in mind than me checking on God’s day during my morning’s meditation when they say, “meditate on that which is beyond words and symbols.” 
But, a “good morning God and how are you doing” might be a new way to start. Who knows where it might lead.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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