Old zen saying ‘When you’re too busy to meditate you need to meditate for twice as long’
Just lately I’ve been busier than at any other time of my life and I feel a bit self-conscious saying that as it’s dubious for a long time practising Buddhist to be in this state.
But here’s the cool thing; I don’t feel overwhelmed and despite an extraordinary range of commitments and responsibilities I feel in touch with steadiness and equanimity. At times I just step back and reflect that it’s all a game; just a part of the complex dance of life and that even if it all unravelled and fell apart I reckon I’d be okay. I may even feel quite relieved to get off the merry go round.
And that’s not to justify getting myself into such a dervish of activity; I actually think I need to keep learning to operate more mindfully and reflectively to avoid these ‘crazy times’.
What I do think our meditation practices offer us are potent tools to find a still, sane perspective on anything that life delivers us including the consequences of our own choices and actions. We create that ever so valuable gap as my teacher calls it; a space between what happens and our reaction to it; a very rich working ground that allows us to gestate skilful responses to every situation we find ourselves in.
So come along for a ‘gap workout’ with us this week:
Thursday 7 – 8.30 pm
Sunday 9 – 9.50 am
Much metta aimed your way
Padmadakini and Dharmalata
PS: Please put these dates into your 2015 diary for our two Coogee Meditation Group Retreats this year. They will be held out our order’s beautiful retreat centre on the banks of the George’s River at Minto Heights