Have you ever sat through boring meetings at work, watching each slow and agonizing minute tick by? Have you ever wanted to scream and bolt?
For example, in the late nineties, I taught at a high school where the principal had no clue about how to run meetings. She would allow staff members to drift off track, drone on about unrelated subjects and basically hold everyone captive.
Simple issues would be overly complicated. Some people would use meetings as an opportunity for grandiose self-promotion.
Others would deliberately arrive late. More jaded teachers would take out tinted glasses and settle in for a good snooze.
For me, this dynamic turned out to be a blessing. It forced me to wake up to what I really wanted to do with my life. (I eventually accepted a position at an ashram in India and quit my job.)
In between, I made good use of the time. I took to writing questions to myself.
As it turned out, this impulse was not as crazy as it sounds.
Back then, without consciously realizing what I was doing, I was engaging in an age-old method of contemplation. I was practicing Atma Vichara, which is the yogic practice of self-inquiry or the act of becoming aware of oneself.
It's the polar opposite of endlessly ruminating and trying to dissect an issue to pieces in your head, this process is energizing, effective and empowering.
Here’s how it works: