Still trying the experiment. Two surprises: One, how hard it is to get myself to do it. I say, “After I do this, I’ll sit.” Finish this, find myself doing something else. Repeat the process. Then when I finally sit, to do nothing, find myself sitting there planning this blog on sitting. Stop that, then the dog comes up and insists on getting petted.
strategies : 1. anchors – sit just before each meal. like saying grace in a way, but before that. 2. keep plugging away, nothing becomes a habit without many slips. 3. don’t try to sit in the room where the dog is. 4. keep reporting progress on the blog, makes me accountable, locking self into doing it. Would be hard to have to report that I failed.
Second surprise – How beneficial it is! Really feel relaxed and calmed when I get up. Pressure off, fly wheel slowed. And only takes a couple of minutes.
note, again: this is not prayer, meditation, awareness or mindfullness. Those are all wonderful, but this is something different. This is nothing.
relevant most excellent poem by Ron Padgett clik here