I am a seed planter. This does not, in any way, mean that I don’t have the highest respect for those who reap. What I always say is that we all need to have the pipeline to our inner voice of wisdom in good working order, (you can also use the words conduit or channel if pipeline sounds too colloquial for you). And then we follow that wisdom. For many years now, the message I have received has clarified that I am a member of the Seed Planter Sangha.
I want to reach out to people who may be interested in balancing their hectic, multitasking and media overrun lives with some quiet time to reconnect with their true selves, or as Thich Nhat Hanh would say, find their true home. I know true self may rub many Buddhists the wrong way, but my pipeline wisdom says it’s a starting point.
I have established my own Blog Page called CalmReflectionblog.com, and a Facebook page entitled Calm Reflection. I will use these modalities to try to make quieting the mind seem less like a skill, and more like something we all might want to do. I am using this approach in response to the ten long years I had to struggle to establish a meditation practice I would want to do. This goes back to the pipeline thing. My inner voice, and to be fair, some wise outer voices over the years, have helped me understand that my past life experiences can be used to help others overcome things that I have been able to overcome already. Today, I enjoy meditating. Experts in the Counseling and Chaplain fields say we need to meet folks where they are. So that’s what I want to do here, meet others, who, like myself, have perfectionistic, fear based, organic brains running the show, and teach them how to sneak around this self-absorbed grey matter, and find their very own pipeline.
It is my hope that some of the seeds I am able to help plant will grow into full-grown meditators. I say help plant because, in this case, the ground in which I plant must be a mind which provides some fertility of curiosity, willingness, and desire for more connection within, and less distraction and reliance on the outside world.