I am, I am, I am, I am

meditation quoteI have been meditating on and off for about two months and it’s been hard getting back into practice.  I set a computer timer for 30 minutes and so far, the longest I’ve been able to sit still is about 20 minutes.   Apparently, according to Zen, 20 minutes a day is doing great but then, I’ve always had grandiose expectations for myself.

Some of my distractions are my dog, Dixie.  As I get into my position and close my eyes I can hear her toenails clicking back and forth on the floor.  She pauses in front of me, yawns (loudly) and starts softly whining.  She is resolved and will click and whine for the entire 30 minutes. Continue reading

Meditation or mayhem? It’s your choice.

About thirty years ago I attended a 10-day sit at the Vipassana Meditation Center in Shelburne Falls, MA.  I remember worrying before-hand because I couldn’t sit in the lotus position.  I discovered there were others like me; we sat in chairs.

I sat for many hours during the day without moving.  It was the hardest Continue reading