Last week, I was surrounded all week by 5 guys picking their way through my family’s worldly possessions. In 6 weeks we will move from Italy back to America, and last week was weeklong packing frenzy. Although our apartment is spacious, this environment was not conducive to meditation. Even though those guys were literally doing the heavy lifting, I needed to remain available as questions arose, and the noise and energy that was bouncing all over the house emphasized that the time wasn’t right for meditating.
When the movers left for a lunch break, I had only a few minutes to myself before they would return. I would sit down for a very abbreviated meditation - a few rounds of equal-count breathing, some minutes of observing the breathe with the Hong Sau mantra, and some time in quiet expansion. At least, that was what I was trying to achieve. I had to bring my mind back to focus throughout, and my expansion phase was much more mentally active than I had hoped.
It occurred to me that I am a bit spoiled in my normal meditation practice. I came out of corporate work culture when we moved here four years ago, and my kids and husband are away at school and work during the day, leaving me enough time to dedicate to full practices most days, usually twice per day. Today, I can see that I am not conditioned to meditate very deeply in times like last week. However, I was able to keep in mind two important things: 1) last week's experience was unique, and once it was (FINALLY) over, it as over, and 2) part of the battle to liberation is dedication. By at least getting myself onto my meditation cushion with distracting days like last week's, I can be content with my priorities.
With patience I accept what is.
I am an Ananda® certified meditation teacher. I am passionate about meditation and embrace a yogic lifestyle for greater wellness physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
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