Monk Meditation Superpowers Part I

On October 13, 2013, in Meditation, by Emily

Credit: holisticgeek

Breathe in.

Hey… weren’t you supposed to do the dishes today? I thought that you were. I know that there’s some dirty dishes in the sink that you have to take care of. Since you’re thinking about doing the dishes already, are you planning on cooking something for dinner tonight? What about the fact that you need some turmeric for your great Indian escapades and that masoor dal that we got just the other day…

Focus on the breath.
Breathe out.
Breathe in.

How about those really cool business ideas that you’ve got? You know the ones, you’ve got tons of ideas for sites, what you’re going to do for writing. What about those book ideas?…

Focus on the breath.
Breathe out.
Breathe in.

You haven’t checked to see what’s going on at the movies lately. You might be missing the blockbuster of the season. Your friends aren’t telling you everything, you know – they could have the giant book of awesome movies and you’re…

Focus on the breath.
Breathe out.
Breathe in.

Hey… what about…

Focus on the breath.
Breathe out.
Breathe in.

You …

Breathe out.
Breathe in.
Breathe out.

How long does it take you to get into the meditation zone? For me, it feels like it’s the better part of forever. My brain will come up with all of these excuses not to be meditating, even though I’m sitting there patiently and watching my breath. I know that when I sit down to meditate, I’ve got about a 50/50 shot that I’m actually going to be meditating during that session.

For older Buddhist monks, I figure that it’s easy to start meditating. They more or less snap their fingers and are in a meditative state where they can perform all types of superpowers (you know, bend steel bars, change the course of rivers, jump amazing heights, and make stained glass without burning or cutting themselves.) I bet it’s like… well, there you go. You’re meditating now and getting the inner pipeline to clarity and truth.
For the younger monks, does it take them a while to get into the meditation zone? When they got ordained as monks, did they instantly get the ‘able to meditate for 7 hours straight’ power? Are there super-secret classes that all monks have to take in the very very beginning that suddenly teach them the knack of meditation?

Do you think that if you meditate long enough that superpowers arise? What superpowers do you think that you’ll get if you keep meditating?