In February, meditation teacher and author, Sharon Salzberg sponsors a 28-Day Meditation Challenge. Folks are invited to commit to meditating every day for the month and join the mindfulness community. As part of the challenge, I’ll be blogging throughout the month (along with other meditator/bloggers) about the experience. You can find the posts on Sharon’s site and I’ll be sharing mine on Focus Pocus. Here’s the first one…
28-Day Meditation Challenge ~ Day -9
Thursday, January 22, 2015
A yoga friend and I talked this morning about the man who was practicing in front of her in class last night. I see a lot of people struggle in the hot yoga room but this man was literally flailing – hopping around, falling down and laughing. My friend and I talked about our reactions to him jumping around in front of us: it ran the gamut from annoyance and irritation to amusement and compassion.
One of the reasons I practice – mindful movement, yoga and sitting — is to build my capacity to respond with compassion and kindness for others and for myself, especially when things aren’t as I like them.
Sharon Salzberg was my first meditation teacher. Active and busy as I am, therapists and body workers and friends were constantly suggesting a sitting practice for me. I always said I couldn’t do it: I was too antsy and hyper and besides, I couldn’t stop thinking. When my teacher strongly recommended Sharon’s Insight Meditation Kit, I cautiously bought it. As I nervously slid in the first CD, it was her voice that led me through my very first sitting.
That was in 2005. I’ve practiced on and off since then with Sharon (both live and recorded), other gifted teachers and on my own. I am grateful for her teaching and look forward to reflecting on the practice and sharing my experiences as a flailing, hopping around, compassion-seeking meditator.