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Sit! Good wolf.

I am actually regularly pursuing a sitting practice. I've been pretty good about doing it it every day. But there are some small obstacles that crop up.

and there aren't many rooms I can sit in where the cats won't harass me. I usually end up in the craft room, which is by turns also a storage room, and a guest room. The trouble in there is that it's really cluttered, even when the floors and surfaces are clear. The shelves are just crammed with books and crafting supplies and stuff of all kinds. No matter which way I face when sitting, I always end up staring at a bunch of books on topics I find really interesting. I thought "I should really put a curtain in front of that shelf so I can have a blank space to look at." But it occurred to me that gazing on those books and staying focused until the words loose their meaning and they stop distracting me is kind of a useful exercise. It's sort of a metaphor for my life. There's never going to be a place where there's nothing around to distract me. I have to learn to be steady and mindful even in the middle of chaos.

Then I realized I was having thoughts (damn it!) so I brought my attention back to my breath.

I will probably end up putting up a curtain.


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 9th, 2007 12:12 pm (UTC)
I'm relaxing as hard as I can!!!
Nov. 9th, 2007 12:41 pm (UTC)
"Master, I saw a golden Buddhha while medidating!!!!"

"Keep meditating and it will go away."
Nov. 9th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)
Do it!
Do the curtain trick! Give yourself a chance to warm up to meditating in chaos. :)
Nov. 11th, 2007 07:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Do it!
Thanks. I am definitely going to do the curtain. I need all the help I can get maintaining focus.
Nov. 9th, 2007 02:47 pm (UTC)
I have a similar problem finding a space in which I can do yoga. I'm pretty much trying to do a daily 5 Tibetan rites and I have to do it in the middle of the living room floor after the kids go to bed or before they wake up. Cats never sleep when you're awake so I can see that being a bit harder.
Nov. 11th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
Neat. What are these daily Tibetan rites of which you speak? I'm a bit of a babe in the woods regarding yoga. Never gotten past a fairly beginning level.
Nov. 12th, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
As usual, Wikipedia answers the question without too much talk of Chakras and whatnot.

You can do a full 5 tibetan rites practice in about 15 minutes a day.
Nov. 10th, 2007 12:35 pm (UTC)
I do think that a curtain might be conducive to a blank-slate meditative state -- visual clutter makes it hard to get your mind off daily concerns.

I've never been good at achieving a blank slate, myself, but I found a technique that worked well for me in a book called "Peaceful Mind" (it's about overcoming depression using cognitive behavioral therapy) -- the authors advised taking note of the thoughts you have and observing them but not getting drawn in, rather than banishing the thoughts entirely. Given that my brain NEVER SHUTS UP, this made me feel much less like a failure at meditating, and I've actually found it to be pretty useful :)

Good luck!!

-- A ^_^
Nov. 11th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks much for the book suggestion. I think teachers who speak primarily to a Western audience should put more emphasis on the fact that you are not failing if thoughts arise. Thoughts inevitably arise, and part of the exercise is in dealing with them properly. It's kind of as if the thoughts are the resistance you use to build your stregth. Or something :)
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