Yesterday I sat three different times. The 1st was after I taught a yoga class and I had serious monkey mind. I contribute this partly to not giving myself a restorative pose after I moved my body so feverishly. The 2nd sitting was during Sharon's workshop on the Brahma Viharas and I was more able to quiet and be...I think the energy of so many people sitting together contributes greatly to my practice and finding stillness. The 3rd sitting was at the end of Sharon's workshop and I went deep. We practiced Metta meditation and I have found that when I utilize Qi Gong the practice is extraordinarily powerful. In Qi Gong, the middle Dantian is the heart center. By focusing on this and spinning the energy out towards a close friend, then a neutral person, followed by someone with whom I am having difficulty and then finally to all beings I am deeply aware of the intricacy of our interconnectedness. I can literally feel the beautiful vastness of Indra's net and I come to see that I am not just part of the net. I am the net. We all are.
And so, today, while riding the subway I said to myself as I gazed upon the strangers around me, "May You be Happy". Of course, my mind would wander to something else and I would begin again. As I emerged from the subway I realized that this could be expanded using Qi Gong again as I imagined waves of Metta spreading out from me towards those around me - expanding beyond NYC and outwards into the world. It was an extraordinary feeling and one that brought me much joy. I laughed aloud as I crossed Broadway. And someone smiled at me.