Have you ever tried to meditate with flies buzzing in your ears?
This is exactly what happened to me this morning and the valuable lessons that they taught me about myself and my life.
The first thing that happened as I sat down to do my morning meditation was a fly landed in my hair. I reached up and attempted to get the fly to move, and in doing so I accidently hit myself on the top of the head too hard and just about knocked myself silly. The feeling of annoyance with the fly started to build, and the more annoyed I became, the more the fly buzzed around my head. I had a fly swatter sitting on the table in front of me, but I stopped long enough to question myself on “What is the purpose of this fly” and “What is it trying to teach me right now”?
Then the fun began…..I began to fantasize about the fly and tried to find some humour in what had just happened, then I bought into my feeling of annoyance, which led me to being pissed off, angry, frustrated, and then I realized that this would lead me to the fly swatter, the end of the fly, or more frustration and annoyance for me! The fly would win!
Then I decided to get into my meditation and shut out the noise of the fly and magically another 5 flies decided that this was their time to come and visit. My focus and trance completely dissipated and now I was immersed in the antics, buzzing and banging noises of the 6 flies as they attempted to get back outdoors by flying at the window!
All of a sudden I had real empathy for all of them, as they panicked and flew at the window, bouncing off of it and nearly knocking themselves out. I stopped and laughed at myself for having such great empathy for those flying creatures that a few seconds before had me annoyed, pissed off, angry and ready to attack and kill them! I then started to understand how difficulties begin in all areas of our lives.
The flies taught me today that Stopping to think, feel, empathize and identify with others actions can sure stop a whole lot of difficulty in my life and in this world.
After this huge understanding and awareness arrived for me, I no longer was affected by the buzzing, banging, and physical contact with the flies.
I realize now that I have choice in how I feel, how I react, and what I do because of it.
I continued with my meditation, with only a few interrupted interactions with the flies and now I give thanks to them all as they move around and attempt to find their freedom, just like me!
Peace, love, light and blessings!