Hibiscus Tea and Control

Hibiscus Tea and Control
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I was writing music when something TERRIBLE happened. I accidentally knocked over a mason jar FULL of hibiscus tea.

It spilled everywhere: all over my keyboard and mouse, down the back of my desk, the wall, the floor…

This should have called for anger, complaining, and a little shouting at myself.

I laughed instead.

Surprising… This isn’t how I’m supposed to react, and it’s not how I’ve seen others react in the past.

Where did it come from?

This response to inconveniences has only happened recently. I think it stems from daily meditation.

I’ve been meditating on and off for years, but I finally made it into a habit. 30 minutes a day. The results have been incredible.

What I've learned (so far) from meditating.

We all “knock over the hibiscus tea” every day. The key is a neutral or even positive response—a highlight rather than a source of frustration.

The universe does what it wants with minimal input from us. We try to control in daily events, but control is an illusion.

The only way to get a lasting grip on life is to let go of it.

Embrace randomness. Let the events of the day pass through you without resistance.

You can wade up the river or float with the current, unaffected by the direction it pulls you. Meditation has pushed me closer to this ideal.

I still have work to do.

This article won't help you let go, or start meditating.

It’s a journey that cannot be taught with words. But I still hope to motivate you to begin that trek.

Give meditation a try. See what happens to your mind the next time you knock over the hibiscus tea.