Meditation and the Hamster
Wheel of Life
What does meditation have to do with
Quite a bit.
Have you ever noticed that you keep solving problems? And
you keep winding up with new ones?
Somehow you don't quite get what you expected. You study for
years to get a new career. Then that new career doesn't turn
out as you had expected.
Welcome to the hamster wheel of Life. This is the endless
struggle that is part of the duality in which we live. (I'm
right, they're wrong. I'm good, they're bad.)
We seem to spend our lives in endless struggles doing things
we don't like doing. Supposedly, once we accomplish some
project, we'll finally really get to do what we like. Or we'll
finally have enough money to do something worthwhile.
Perhaps we feel that we won't have time to make the world a
better place until after we do something else to make
You load sixteen tons. What do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt.
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't
I owe my soul to the company store.
-- Tennessee Ernie Ford
This hamster wheel really begins in our own minds. We have
some problem. We try to figure it out. We try to know how to
handle the problem.
When we don't solve the problem, we beat ourselves up for
not solving the problem.
Things get worse. We keep spinning.
This is the mental version of the hamster wheel of life.
The result of all this is endless churning. We get more and
more into our heads.
How do you find peace?
Make a daily practice of doing the audio meditations on this