I feel very conflicted when I hear meditators diss our chatter box left-brain, or ‘monkey mind’. Sure our right brain is the place of oneness, unity and selfless serenity. It’s the goody two shoes side of us, the saint, the sufi, the place of silence and repose. In other words, it is our spiritual side. The place we all think we ought to be.
But as I see it, we have two side of our brain for a reason. Our left brain is our ebullient human side; all smart ass yak, high anxiety freak-outs, fanciful ego trips and impulse buys. But this is also the part of us that reaches out and grabs the world with both hands, turns things over, explores and grasps for truths. At its worst it is the Grinch. At its best it is Rumi, Mary Oliver and Shakespeare.
So it was a great relief when my friend Loredana and I went to hear Abraham Hicks (a spiritual entity who imparts simple spiritual wisdom) and we discovered that Abraham teaches that our sifting and sorting minds are a vital asset, helping us pinpoint our desires and drive evolution of the planet and the spirit realm. The problem, of course, is that if we get stuck ‘sifting and sorting’ we become like a broken record. Our purpose in life is to find joy. To feel around the edges of what joy means for us and to follow it with all our heart.