(1 minute prep, 10 minute sit.)
I decided to sit away from the beasts.
My bedrooms have barriers to keep the puppy out. I sat on the edge of the bed in the spare room today and for my minute prep I watched the fuzzkids outside the door. The dogs always gather at the door and look confused and anxious as to why mommy is separate from them. Pin walked away and lucas grabbed squeaky snake trying to get pinto to play, which pinto does not do.
In told them I loved them and closed my eyes as the bell rang.
I notice my body does settle into meditation quicker now. It is responding to the conscious training to be still. My back started hurting … I should have at least put a pillow under my butt to tilt my pelvis, but chose not to readjust. My chest didn’t feel tight this time. My back took the stage.
My mind observed the noises in the apartment, and reflected on visiting zccc and other zen communities. It is resonating easy with me perhaps because I am pursuing self growth, spiritual awareness and community all in one. Yet I am not being force-fed dogma. Hearing dharma talks haven’t even felt like dogma, but more info to contemplate or embed into my own journey. It’s nice. Happy.
Oh, breath, meditation, right. 🙂
In breath, out breath.
In the background is a little meditation chant box singing amhitaba that andrew-san gave me. I thought it was ridiculous and cheesy at first but now listen to it for a few moments near-daily as I get ready for work. It is plugged into my computer speakers. 🙂 if I get a plug for it I might leave it on for the animals when I’m not home. It has been playing for … 3 hours now?
In breath, out breath, in breath, back pain, though the rest of my body is relaxed. I had noticed tension in my stomach when I started and let it go. Out breath.
Ten minutes seems like it should go faste, though it isnt heinously slow.
The bell rings, I bow, rise.
Dogs are ecstatic I’m rejoining them. 🙂