I actually sat...

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I actually sat...

Postby theravada_guy » Tue Aug 10, 2010 6:06 pm

Greetings all,

Today is the new moon Uposatha. I woke up earlier than I usually do this morning. Everything was quiet and calm, I did my puja (with the Eight Precepts instead of Five), let one of the dogs out, was looking through one of my Dhamma books. Things were still quiet, and I kinda just looked over, grabbed my body pillow, folded it in half, sat on it and watched my breath via my abdomen. I had to readjust my posture a few times to get it to where my legs weren't so uncomfortable and I don't know how long I sat, but it was longer than I've ever sat before (I think anyway, it felt like it). I realize now I could have sat longer than I did. I felt at peace and rested when I came out of it. The mind would wander, but I just brought it back to the breath. Now I just have to get a zafu so I can start doing it more regularly. I used to think I couldn't sit because I got so uncomfortable. I realize now as long as I have something under my butt that raises me up above the legs, it's not bad. I've gotten a taste for sitting and quite frankly, I like it. This may be kind of rambled, so I apologize for that. But I just wanted to share.

With Metta
With metta,

Justin

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Re: I actually sat...

Postby bodom » Tue Aug 10, 2010 6:52 pm

Way to go! Keep at it. You will have good days sitting and you will have bad days sitting. Painful sittings and restless sittings as well as peaceful sittings. The important thing is just to keep sitting! Watch it all come and go. The rest will take care of itself.

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah

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Postby Khalil Bodhi » Tue Aug 10, 2010 7:08 pm

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