21 October 2015 was chosen by movie makers 30 years ago as the day to peek into the distant future. Their depiction of a dystopian future showed that our hero had succumbed to his flaws (“no one calls me chicken”) and everyone drove flying cars. The fashions had a distinct 80s flair for neon, but the talking devices were not too far from the truth.
I spent ‘Back to the Future day’ visiting Stonehenge. On a grey fog-swept Wednesday, the site was still busy. Human interest in time travel is not limited to movies. People are drawn to this ‘portal’ that shows us a glimpse into the past, showing us monumental human ingenuity and organisation, whilst leaving much open for speculation: why make it? Who made it? Was it calendar, crematorium or cathedral?
The Vedic view of time is that it is circular, not linear. In every moment, all things, and all times are happening. When we are deeply connected into our own consciousness, we access different states of being. As we meditate, we get to tap into something that is both within and beyond our current self. We can heal the past, and improve on the future, without having to fuel our futuristic car to reach 88 miles an hour. Marty had his Time machine and Doc to help, fuelled by a determination to save his family. To meditate you need a technique, a teacher to keep you on the path, and some effort to get in the chair. Carve out for yourself the precious time it takes to meditate, and you are giving your old self an improved past as well as a happier, healthier future. But I can't promise a hover board.
Group meditation is open to everyone at The Stable House. Beginners are welcome, and I will be running a couple more introductory courses before December when my baby is due. For experienced meditators, I have some spaces left on my rounding retreat 29 October to 1st November. All enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.