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I Lack Nothing

posted Jun 23, 2014, 6:28 AM by Suzette Vearnon   [ updated Jun 23, 2014, 7:45 AM ]
I lack nothing.  Everything needed for life, health and wealth are provided.  These are the words that concluded my first attempt at meditation.  After watching yesterday's Super Soul Sunday on OWN,  I was inspired to try it.  Who would have thought that not Deepak but Russell Simmons would be my inspiration.  I saw him in a whole new light.  He said, "Nicknamed Rush, if I can meditate, anybody can." 

Russell Simmons, known for co-founding Def Jam Records and for his success in business, talked about meditating twice a day.  He is so committed to it that nothing interferes with it.  No matter where he is, he finds a hot meditation. With over 3 million Twitter followers and having a net worth of $325 million, this man who appears to lack nothing talked about how none of his material gain would mean anything if he didn't have happiness inside.  Certainly, I've heard other gurus, wisdom teachers and philosophers say the same thing and I'm sure I'll continue to hear it. We all want to be happy.  We all are searching for it. 

I find it interesting that the first thing I heard since resigning as musician at a local church where I've served for almost two years is about yoga and meditation.  Talk about not putting God in a box!  Still, I know there is something to it.  Something about it is key to my next level.  Stillness resonates.  Russell, fondly called Uncle Rush, talked about stillness.  That is where God is.  So this morning, as soon as my eyes opened and I realized I was awake, I positioned my body comfortably and just laid still.  At first, my mind raced.  What should you meditate on?  Oh no, not that.  Okay, this is better.  All these thoughts ran through my mind as I attempted to meditate the right way.  Then I realized that the right way is not a position but whatever gets you centered.  For some folks that is music.  For others it is art.  For still others it's sailing or a conversation with their best friend. 

So, I laid quietly.  Unlike the images of monks, I allowed myself to move if a position was not comfortable or my tail bone started hurting.  I decided not to make a production out of it but simply to shift to a more comfortable one.  I heard the dogs barking outside and found that intriguing so I tuned in.  There were pockets throughout my meditative time when the barks faded away.  Normally, that would have meant I was asleep, but I wasn't.  When the dogs stopped barking, I felt myself listening for something else to focus on.  The cars driving by and the rumbling of the pavement offered fascination.  Even the word, "stillness" itself became a focal point. 

As I felt myself settling deeper inward, I started counting my breaths.  This had been something I tried before and I thought it went pretty well.   I lost count a few times; but decided not to stress my brain with trying to figure out what the last number was.  I just kept counting.  After a while I settled into that space of contentment.  I didn't feel pressured to go anywhere, do anything, look to see how long I had been meditating.  It just felt calm and restful.  Sure, I had random thoughts but they didn't cling.  They just came and went as I refocused my attention on breathing or the word, "stillness." 

I don't know how long I meditated.  I didn't care at this point.  My body let me know when it was enough.  And as I became conscious of it, I heard, "I lack nothing.  Everything needed for life, health and wealth are provided."  And so it is.