The story I’d like to share is not directly about Transcendental Meditation practice, but rather its “side effects”.
I had always disliked mess but mess seemed to really like me! Despite my best intentions, I was constantly convinced that I simply did not have the time to put things back where they belonged.
Gaining momentum from the momentary lapses, disorder soon got so out of hand that it really became an effort to squeeze a massive clean-up campaign into my agenda.
This cycle was broken by my interest in Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of Transcendental Meditation movement. Reading up on his life and teachings, I stumbled upon a quote of his which goes like this:
“See the job. Do the job. Stay out of the misery.”
In reality, I did not lack that 30 seconds it takes to fold a sweater I had decided not to wear or rinse a cup or wipe a spill off the floor. Both in domestic and professional arena, however, I had the tendency to push back doing things and then fret about it. Now that it was spelled out for me – unnecessary postponing just adds problems to your life – I could not but face the truth of it.
I wrote the quote on a piece of paper and pinned it over my desk. Being simple but brilliant, this idea has helped me to eradicate mess at home, work and most importantly – in my head.