Dog Romping Thoughts

In February, meditation teacher and author, Sharon Salzberg sponsors a 28-Day Meditation Challenge. Everybody is 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 share mine on Focus Pocus.

28-Day Meditation Challenge ~ Day 10
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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When I sit on my cushion and the cat is fussing with my shawl and my thoughts won’t settle down, I do my best to watch those meandering thoughts calmly. Like watching dogs romping.

I know from my physical practices how instructive and healing it is to observe the habits of my body. There is power in seeing how I do what I do. I can only make choices for change when I know what I’m doing. Even though I can get frustrated when I always take my right shoe off first and I always tip my pelvis forward, splay my front ribs, and hunch my shoulders, at least I know that I do it. It is only from there that I can make another choice.

As Pema Chödrön reminds me, watching my wandering mind isn’t a bad thing. Observing my thoughts allows me to see my habits and patterns. It allows me to know myself better. It is only from there that I can make another choice.

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