How To Ease Life’s Momentum Like A Pendulum Resting

Daily Meds XVII

Like a pendulum swinging with momentum, the energy of life will want to sway to-and-fro until you learn to ease into stillness. The speed of life cannot be stopped instantly, nor would you want it to be. All aspects of the human experience that move with quickness, like negative emotion especially, must gradually cease to sway in order to achieve your truest potential.

From the stillness, a new momentum of direction can be accomplished. And that positive momentum, my friends, is why you came into this body. For the joy of it!

Pressure also serves as an apt metaphor for the negative momentum of life. Like the pendulum, which MUST sway left if it is also to sway right, the water pressure which builds under unnatural conditions will always burst, eventually.

And make no mistake about it, if you have been practicing negativity your entire life, then a swift detour toward positivity will cause a backlog of pressure. The momentum of the pendulum, of the moving train, is simply too fast to come to a halt.

This phenomenon explains why the spiritual journey towards pure, positive energy occasionally feels like a dam bursting at the concrete seams. Changing a lifetime of water flow takes both practice and patience. As you grow in understanding of yourself and your mind, you will learn to naturally slow the water through still presence. But early on, it will still burst through the dam.

It is completely normal to feel on top of the world one day, and completely lost and hopeless the next, as if you are starting from scratch. Do not get down on yourself; you are training a river to flow like you would train a muscle to strengthen. Remember: once the water knows which way you like to consciously flow, it will develop a momentum all its own. Just as it did during your development of negativity. Get it flowing in the right direction as a matter of principle, and you’re on top of the world, effortlessly.

The best way to handle strong bouts of negative emotion is to reframe the situation. Use a more general, broader view of the situation. Try viewing the overwhelming negative energy washing over you as a free dose of adrenaline from nature. Use the anxious energy as fuel. Go clean your house or run a few miles. Do something, do anything, just don’t curl up and feel battered by the pendulum swinging.

Maybe you view the shift in emotion as a shower or a baptism. Accept it as a gift and use it for good in the world. Just because your dam temporarily burst doesn’t mean that you are starting over.

Orthopedic surgeons say that a properly repaired and rehabbed injury actually grows stronger than when nature first made it. Isn’t this amazing, and so perfectly appropriate for our spiritual practice? To get stronger you must first break a bit. So relish in your moment to strengthen yourself. Let the pendulum swing, and then come to a peaceful halt.

Daily Meditations, or Daily Meds, are a collection of quick-hitting thoughts meant to help you focus your own personal meditative practice each morning. Read the Daily Med, but don’t dwell on it too long. Take the feeling into a fifteen minute meditation and see how your outlook slowly improves each day.

*If you’re just getting started on your spiritual journey, or want to better understand some of the terminology we use in Daily Meds, consider picking up The Integrity Method, the backbone of the IFL Club and all of its content.