Catching Myself

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 21
Saturday, February 21, 2015

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Balancing postures.

Standing Head to Knee (Dandayamana-Janushirasana).
Standing Bow (Dandayamana-Dhanurasana).
Balancing Stick (Tuladandasana).
Tree (Tadasana).
Warrior 3 (Virabhadrasana III).

They are all challenging for me.

Whether it’s my lack of strength, or my over-flexibility, or my distractability, I don’t know. Whatever it is, I fall out of these postures as fast and often as the undercoat of a retriever.

When I do, I do my best to take a breath and get right back in. That’s part of the practice. But sometimes, falling out and getting back in becomes a habit.

It takes another kind of strength to catch myself as I’m falling out and find the muscles to keep me on one foot.

In balancing postures, I do my best to catch myself before I fall out. If I do tip over, I start again.

In sitting practice, I do my best to catch myself before I get carried away in a train of thought. If I do get on board and leave the station, I start again.

In my relationships, I do my best to catch myself before speaking out of fear or anger. If I say something unskillful, I apologize as soon as I can and start again.

Catching myself and beginning again. Both are part of the practice.

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