There is no cost in practicing Mindfulness only a cost if you do not practice Mindfulness
Boxing with the Dharma
I was sitting at my first silent Buddhist meditation retreat and I came up with a boxing analogy that seemed to sum up my experience. (don’t ask why boxing? can’t answer that one).
Allow me to explain:
So here I am in a ring with many mental/emotional opponents being thrown at me, one by one. Here comes the 5 hindrances – Sensual desire, Ill-Will, Sloth and Torpor, Restlessness and Worry but the worst is Doubt. Don’t forget the 3 killers with knockout punches – Greed, Hatred and Delusion.
It dawned on me that I’ve been on a journey to change my “Cornermen”.
It was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done and yet extremely rewarding. My Cornermen didn’t have my best interests at heart, they seemed to have their own hidden agenda. Once I saw the hiddenness I decided to investigate its hold on me.
Clarity arose once I changed my Cornermen. I’ve hired the Buddha, Dharma and the Sangha as my new Cornermen to support my journey.
Remember It’s Only Stuff…
It’s been quite sometime since my last post and many new things have emerged in my life.
My spiritual practice has blossomed into a dedicated and fulfilling experience. The insights have and continue to be moving and motivating and I plan on continuing this until my body ceases to exist in this form.
Let’s do a quick catch up…..
I went on my first silent meditation retreat in Joshua Tree (See next post) and was blown away by its simplicity yet difficulties that I experienced. Strange being with over 100 people and not being able to communicate. They call it “Noble Silence” meaning not silent just no communication. No talking, No eye contact…..the experience was amazing but also very grueling.
Just last month my employer conducted some layoffs and I was included in the list. More time for spiritual practice…..
Remember It’s Only Stuff….
My Meditation practice was revived with Buddhist jumper cables.
I was moved deeply during my visit to Esalen over the Christmas holidays. I was allowed to be genuine without any pretense, just being.
It was very liberating and such a learning experience that has lit a smoldering fire that was needing attention. Well the fire has been stoked and is now in beginner’s mind inquiry mode.
The impact that the Esalen sangha had was intense at times. The honesty that was demonstrated was liberating, especially with people that I only knew for 7 days. Some of the connections felt as if they will were always there but hidden from my reality.
I’ve since joined the “Against the Stream” sangha in Los Angeles and I’m enjoying it tremendously. Looking forward to Noah’s daylong 1/21.