Oh No! I Overmeditated Before My Aggressive Board Meeting


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By Vance Thurman

Oh No! I overmeditated before my aggressive meeting with the Board of Directors!

Damn it! I knew we’d be going head-to-head over some pretty big issues, and I knew I’d have to fight like a pirate bastard for my agenda. But what did I do?!  Like an idiot I went and reached a deep level of absorption in which I slipped outside of the realm of time and space.

I was almost late, which was an issue, but worse than that, I had become too detached from Samsara, this world of illusion. I just…I want so bad to have not relinquished temporal desire at that particular moment. That sucked.

I only wanted to focus my mind just enough to establish an alert awareness and steady gaze. For like, five minutes. But instead I unexpectedly reached an important milestone in my spiritual practice, and felt my body dissolve into subtle vibrations. This stage is called Bhanga, in the ancient language of the Buddha, Pali.

Well, the friggin’ thing about Bhanga is, it completely rearranges one’s priorities in life. It turns us into honest, caring people. I couldn’t have that happen just before a corporate Board meeting!

The good news is that I didn’t miss the meeting. I actually got there just in time. The bad news is that my mind was so relaxed and objective, I simply observed the meeting as though I was floating over my shoulder.

The thing that really burns me is I don’t think I dissolved my apparent physical structure quite enough to allow me to be totally enlightened. So I’m not ready to quit this job yet.

I know, right?! One glimpse of eternity and don’t have time to get revved up to my normal cutthroat state. In fact, now that I experientially understand how quickly all compounded things dissolve, I could really care less to re-enter the endless struggle for material success.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m a good corporate pirate. I just don’t think the struggle for money, power and prestige is conducive to my all-of-a-sudden new number one priority: strong meditation.

The thing that really burns me is I don’t think I dissolved my apparent physical structure quite enough to allow me to be totally enlightened. So I’m not ready to quit this job yet.

If I hadn’t been meditating, I’d have been more upset when I lost my dreams of promotion. I was wrongly blamed for deficits within the revenue stream. And all I did was direct my attention upon the vibrations of impermanence within my body.

And I said, “This Too Shall Pall.”

I thought I was thinking it, but I was so relaxed it just came out. To which the President of the Board replied,

“If you are talking about your third quarter budget proposal, it won’t pass!”

To which I exhaled slowly, bringing my attention to the breath upon my upper lip.

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