Usually, the question is:
- How has meditation changed your life?
It’s hard to answer because I don’t have a clear recollection of me before I meditated. I used to get anxious. I still get anxious. I used to worry a lot. I still worry a lot. But sometimes I tell myself there’s nothing I can do about this particular worry and sometimes I listen and put the worry away.
I like this question better even though no one ever asks:
- How has your meditation changed the world?
The world is a better place. War. Famine. Hunger. Disease. Sex slavery. Illiteracy. It’s all still there. But, I’ve noticed small things and have had small conversations. I’ve taught a couple people to meditate. I’ve listened to words said by people who are saying something they think no one can hear. I notice connections and honor those connections. I observe questions more than answers. There are connections between strangers and non-strangers, things I was not privy to before. And I’ve said things to people I would not have had the courage to say before I learned to meditate.
And some of these things have changed things, that may have changed some other things I don’t even know about. Dominoes. It takes just a little push to tip the first one over and then you step back and watch the next one tip over that sets off the next and the next and the next. And then maybe the world changes just a little bit. And when I think about that, it makes me a little happy.