30 minutes of Buddho mantra last night. I knew I shouldn't be expecting anything to happen. I knew that expectations spoil meditation. When you are planning for the future, you are not in the present moment. And yet, I couldn't resist the hope that I will experience that blissful total mind's absorption again, an experience … Continue reading 11 Aug. Mantra-breath.
Last night, a half an hour: 20 minutes of Buddho followed by 10 minutes of anapanasati. Observation: unpleasant thoughts dissolved quickly and unexpectedly in Buddho repetition. Just like that. As long as I maintained "bud" on the inhale and "ho" on the exhale. And when I say unpleasant, I mean: hurtful, sad, aggravating thoughts. This … Continue reading 10 Aug. Buddho, Buddho, Buddho.
Last night - 30 minutes consisting of 20 minutes of silent Buddho mantra and 10 minutes of anapanasati. Very sleepy and tired. I thought I wouldn't make it. Minutes dragging like hours. What helped me was remembering that thoughts are not important because they have no reality. I also tried to be present, seeing only … Continue reading 9 Aug. Buddho.
I missed meditation on Sunday. It was a long weekend in Ireland. I traded in meditation for a budget beer. There is no gentler way to say it. Not particularly proud of myself yesterday. But then I asked myself: Who is feeling guilty anyway? and: Why do I even think that feelings are that important? … Continue reading 8 Aug. Dharma 0-1 Stupidity.
Saturday morning. My kids slept in allowing me to sit for a full hour. I started off with a few minutes of buddhanussati (recollection of the Buddha). Just enough to remind myself where I was hoping to be going... Next 15 minutes: mantra practice. Much easier to focus on the mantra than on the breath or the body. Remaining 40 minutes - anapanasati (mindfulness of breathing). When distracted by thoughts, I simply acknowledged them. I remembered: … Continue reading 5 Aug. Forget about the jhanas.
Awaken at 4 am by worry. After 4 hours of sleep. I sat at the kitchen table tired and dizzy. A little bit embarrassed too. Not particularly excited by the prospect of spending next 8 hours in the air-conditioned nightmare, not ready at all for the challenges of the day. I read two poems by … Continue reading 4 Aug. Mindfulness of heedlessness.
I introduced my wife to meditation last night. I said: Sit straight, close your eyes, breathe through your nose, push your tongue against the top of your mouth gently. Relax with each out-breath. Breath naturally. I said: Notice your thoughts. Don't judge them. Come back to the object of meditation. I said: Don't expect anything to happen. Meditation … Continue reading 3 Aug. Meditating with wife.