Thursday, January 12, 2006

The Meditation

 The past two weeks have ushered in huge waves of stress. As I gasp for one fresh breath and look for one ray of light I recall...... The power of light and meditation...when the two coincide, they provide a deep insight to the soul that no medical drug can match!....enjoy..and have  a marvelous day!    
                            The  Meditation
     My friend told me of the most amazing day he had in Key West. He visted a meditition teacher who resided in a small house off the beach. The teachers house had the most spectactular  view of the beach and the infamous "Key West Sunset!" I asked my friend to allow me to join him on his next vist.
     That day came, and we arrived at the teachers house in the mid afternoon. While he greeted us warmly, I could not help but having a feeling of disappointment when noticing that all the shades in house had been drawn down.I spent my first moments debating with myself if I should ask him why he closes off his house to a breathtaking view of the ocean!
    The meditation teacher was a marvelous host, engaging us in a lively conversation and then serving us some delightful green jasmine tea.
    Every few moments, my mind would wander to the fact that I had not yet seen the spectacular view of the ocean. As I sat in a chair in the dark room I could hear the gentle rolling waves of the ocean teasing me.
   It was now past eight o clock, I knew the sun was about to reach the shoreline, I began to stir. The meditation teacher annouced it was now time to perform our meditation. "This will be impossible" I said to myself.
    He led us into a room that had nothing but mats on the floor and shades, which were rolled down, on the windows. "Get into position" he gently commanded. I squatted down, folded my legs, outstreched my hands. "Take a deep breath...and hold it" he intsructed.
Just as I filled my  lungs, like ballons for a party, I saw something straight ahead of me. A beacon of light! Directly ahead of me was a separation in the windowshade, there was a tear in it! I could see the sun taking its bow into the horizon. I could make out its magnificant reflection across the flattened ocean! Through this opening, firey hues of orange and purple came pouring in.
   There I was, filled with this one breath, and in a direct view of this ball of life immersing itself into the sea.
  Suddenly, I felt connected to something far greater than anything here on earth. I could feel my connection to the universe! And this connection was sustained by this one breath.
   In a flash of second, I realized that just as this sun lights up and nourishes this world, I too am given that very same power.As the sun transfers its light to me, I can transfer light to my world!
    I also mused  about the  beauty that lies in nature, it resonates too sharply to be random or accidental. Light and and death ...are both given great distances between them, but the line they cross from one realm to another, is so very fine, and unavoidable.
   We must make the most of who we are, inbetween those lines, and with each breath!
   I wish for you to be able to have that moment when you can see through the crack in the shade.
  Peace~~~   Marc :)


eml625 said...

I am squinting to see through the crack in my shade...
Thank you Marc


ally123130585918 said...

I get these beautiful images while peering into the flames from the fire....Do you think I am meditating ?...Loved your entry....could almost see through that crack in the blinds.....Ally

dawngepfer said...

Marc, this was absolutely beautiful!  Thank you.

philadlfiagrl said...

wow, while u were supposed to be clearing ur head, u were peeking at sunsets and pondering the universe...

sounds awesome! wish i could've been there...

and hey, do u ever wonder if that crack in the shade was there on PURPOSE or not??? lol


zosche973 said...

That was beauitful, Mark.~Diane~

bedazzzled1 said...

Well, at least you weren't trying to peek at other kinds of cracks. ::laugh:: Yeah, yeah...I'm pervy. What can I say?!

The meditation sounds wonderful. I do wonder the purpose behind keeping the blinds closed. In your case, it seems to have been a hindrance until you spotted the separation between the slats that allowed you to view the sun in its descending glory.

Hmmm...why don't you ask your buddy if he knows the reason? If he doesn't, then tell him to ask the instructor!

debbted said...

Marc~I think I would have asked to open the shade! If he said no then I would skip the mediatation and run for the shore! Geez, I'd be a calm student, huh?! Blessings, Sassy ;-)

sierrajazz said...

I have not tried meditating for a very long time. I never really got the hang of it.. I was always distracted by things around me.  I guess the closest I get is going to a peaceful quiet area.. lake, park.. and just take in all the beauty.

I agree we can each be a light to someone someway, if we are just aware of what is around us.

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lissamom2 said...

Marc, my friend, I envy you being able to see that which you sought through the crack in the shade. I'm trying to look through that slit in the shade at the moment, and all I can see is the shade blocking my view. I must try harder.


globetrotter2u said...


I do hope that your stress will be eleviated soon and that you'll find yourself sitting on a beach, marguerita at your fingertips, surrounded by cocoanut palms, mango trees and eye candy from Bloomies.

Seriously, this was a beautiful entry. You have an artist's eye for beauty and searching for the light in all beautiful compositions. Though for some weird reason, I kept kind of expecting Barbra Striesand to show up in the beach hut with some tantric sex techniques or something.

Hope the light shines through very soon for you.


onemoretina said...

    Marc .... this was a lovely entry.  I can visualize that view you had through the crack in the shade.  Isn't it amazing, how we can see the greatest things in ways we had never imagined?  Those are the precious moments of life.   Tina

mamaklute said...

Hi Marc!!!  You are just an incredible writer, as alwasy!

(i am now on

gdireneoe said...

Hi.  Thank you for sharing your thoughts on parenthood...I completely agree.  This entry is completely amazing...what a beautiful light hon'. ;)  C.

tschamberland said...

Hmmm ... sounds wonderful!  

Peace to you as well