"It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubborness of the inorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed." - Albert Einstein

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I aspire to a stubbornly incorrigible nonconformity. The degree to which I have achieved my aspiration I leave in the capable hands of those whose wisdom and humilty exceed my own.

Monday, April 30, 2012

And So It Goes

I attended my first mini-shesshin (Buddhist retreat) this past weekend and it was a transformational experience. I have never sat in meditation position for that long ever before and I am so sore and tired. But I am also inspired to maintain and grow my own meditataion and study practice. I feel more Buddhist than ever.

The teacher told us the first night that our task for the shesshin was to sit, breathe, and listen. That sounds easy, but as a culture we rarely concentrate and focus our energies on the task at hand. When we are cooking we are also thinking of who will do the dishes and what has to be done later on that evening and what we will wear tomorrow. This robs us of the full experience, and joy, of cooking. Sitting in meditation is training for mindful living. As it is on the cushion, so it is in life.

I come home to find several "must do" tasks waiting for me. But I am not bothered. One task at a time, one step at a time. And so it goes.


Sarajoy said...

Ahhh, that sounds like a good, hard work weekend. I'm glad it steadied you and you were well enough to go. And am a little jealous too!

But... when I'm cooking I never think about what to wear the next day. I never think about that at all! I just pick up whatever is on the floor closest to my bed and GO-go-go!

Unknown said...

Just previewed some of your blog. Found it touching, inspiring. Explains the warm energy I felt from you at the sesshin, even though we hardly spoke. Be well. With a bow,