Not to the side, or above, or below, or beneath, or ahead, or behind you
Look in front of you.
Look at what you have, what is there, what is glaring at you.
The thing that tugs at your shirt for attention, announcing its presence.
See me, I am here, right in front of you.
Though you look away or see through me, seeking something of which I am not sure you even know what it is.
Why is it you cannot, or choose not to see me?
Am I not significant, are you indifferent, bored of me?
What must I do to be seen?
You keep looking away, though I know I am what you need.
I cannot scream or shake you; you have to slow down to see who I am, and what I mean to you.
Your head is in the clouds, as if that place will complete you.
You keep searching, though I am here, I have not stepped away.
Me is enough, you do not need to seek further; look at me and I will show you what it is that you want.
Pause, look, and you will see what it is you have already.
It is the human quandary that our minds look away from what we have, and seek out the things we want.
This wanting and grasping is a bottomless pit, as it is never satiated.
Because it never gets fulfilled the mind will create more longings.
The dilemma is natural, though the result is relentless suffering, and can destroy the very thing you want most.
Recipe: Don’t Look Away Meditation
Find a comfortable place to sit, where there are few distractions.
Close your eyes and take 3 deep conscious breaths.
Now name the experience you are having, “wanting”, “craving”, “desiring” “longing”, “yearning”.
Notice where in your body you feel this experience. Does it come in a form of tension?
Which emotions are being felt, “anger”, “sadness”, “hopelessness”, “agitation”?
Notice if your impulse is to, “run”, “grasp”, “eat”, “sleep”, “drink”, “pick up your phone”.
Take a pause and keep naming the experience, see if with time the wanting changes shape and diminishes.
This meditation will help you to glimpse what it is you already have.