So today was unusually busy for me. Dropped my wife off at LAX, drove to Gardena for a little work, drove in heavy traffic to Miracle Mile to visit my sister in the hospital, drove thru Chick-Fil-A for lunch in Hollywood, drove in even heavier traffic home to Santa Clarita to see my kids for a few moments before I headed to a Nation Council meeting for Y-Guides, turn around and venture back to home to put my girls to bed and then, FINALLY, I get to sit...and it's 10pm!!!
Cushion pulled out from under the bed, the wonderful Sharon Salzberg guided meditation playing in my ears and I realize this is the first time today, since I woke at 6:30am, that I sat still and relaxed.....AHHHHH. Listening to Sharon's instructions, following my breath (placing my attention like a butterfly landing on a flower- SO beautiful) and just letting go. Sure, there was some monkey mind movement...what I am going to blog about?...remembering what Sharon looks like....can I not scratch this itch?...ya know, the usual stuff. But I didn't feed into it, let it go, and back to my friend the breath (another gen from Sharon). Quite relaxing, quite needed, and actually seemed to go longer than the real time of 15 minutes of the guided practice, but I'm not complaining.
Day one, check! Blog almost finished, ready to eat a little dinner (yeah, yeah, I know it's too late!) and read a little more out of Real Happiness before I lay my weary head to rest. Tune in tomorrow for one of my dear friends and fellow dharma group facilitators from Against the Stream Los Angeles sangha. Oh, big shout out to the worldwide Dharma Punx and Against the Stream-ers!!
May the merit of our shared practice benefit all beings, everywhere