Lamrim Day Eight - Recognizing That All Living Beings Are Our Mother Difficult sit: I was tired, coming down with something, and I had to sit after work (it's 116 out today) which is not a good time for me. So I was pretty sleepy throughout.
Morning sit in the car going on holiday. More difficult to sit now as the kids are off school. Peaceful sit.
Similar again only this time it is clear how having faced old stuff is going to help me still with current stresses I face today. Feeling much more able to face them in an open way without assuming everything will collapse like a heap of cards!
Last year one of the talks on retreat was about how practice can feel like an old cupboard with lots of drawers and compartments filled with our old stuff that we know we should deal with but keep putting off because we can't quite face it. Last week this image came back to me and sitting turned ...
Lamrim Day Seven - Developing Equanimity Going to be sitting indoors for the next few days. It was 114 today, and not much cooler for a while. This makes me sit in the evening, which is always a challenge for me because after-work meditations are difficult to complete without at least partial ...
Day 5 Vipassana
Morning sit. Opening into a really uncomfortable feeling, like a deep unfillable hole, giving it space and allowing it too to be perfectly ok.
Day 4 Vipassana
Lamrim Day Six - Developing Renunciation Stress is on pause for a bit (plus I have a much better outlook about it now), and as a result this sit was WAY more focused than yesterday's.
Morning sit. There is a festival next to my flat this weekend. Sitting to sound check music.
Short sit before going to bed late. The first sit on a zafu and zabuton in a while.