Evening sitting on the first day of the retreat. We start properly in the morning. Less sitting time than I'm used to because the theme of the retreat is death and dying and a lot of the time will be spent in workshops on that subject which leaves less time for sitting.
Mindfulness of Breathing Nice sit, focus was come and go, but ended nicely, with good focus and deep calm.
I'm back from my two-week visit to a world-renowned monastery abroad. It was an experience. I feel the time is ripe to officially start a meditation journey. 1,000 days, 1,000 hours, 1,000 meditations. There is a 0.1% chance that I'll die before finishing my journey, There's also a chance I'll g ...
Sitting while on a train on the way to a little retreat.
Morning sit. Being with the child me who is afraid of abandonment, and seeing how I have projected all these feelings onto someone else. Metta to those feelings.
Evening sit. Late, quite sleepy. Feeling a lot of contraction inside me, after a conversation that was difficult but also useful. I have been recognising this feeling a lot over the past few days.. Recognizing, accepting, breathing and being with my breath. Feeling it soften a little.
Zazenkai. started with releasing a lot of sadness, after which sitting was peaceful. Being with the in and out breath.
Zendo sitting, less sitting time for me because of doing a beginners' introduction instead of the middle of the three sits.
Mindfulness of Breathing Early morning sit, which usually don't work out that well. This one was going... ok, until my daughter arrived midway through and interrupted.
Short but oh so helpful bit of focused practice at home, needed despite being about to head off to the zebdo for more sitting
May compassion imbue the days travels, and letting go belsewhere a part of today's practise.