In the words of the infamous sage Ice Cube, "I got to say it was a good day."
Yesterday my little Sangha had a field trip to a local spiritual book store, followed by a wonderful lunch at the World Peace Cafe run by a local Kadampa Buddhist Sangha. My little girl got to know my Sangha mates and really connected with one of them deeply. Following that, my wife took her to a hockey game giving me some free time which I used wisely.
A part of that wise use of time was to meditate for my fourth day of the 2012 Real Happiness 28 Day Meditation Challenge. With the house, uncharacteristically, all to myself I prepped for my meditation (having added my new candle holder to my alter) and got started. Or got stopped, I suppose, depending on how you look at it. ;)
Anyhow, it was very interesting. First off the house was so unnaturally quiet that I could hear my body (sorry if this sounds gross) digesting my dinner. So I sat with that. For some indeterminate amount of time, I followed the sounds and sensations of my body turning my dinner in to fuel, and I observed the feelings and thoughts that came with it. I offered gratitude for the process. I've never done anything like this before and it was very interesting.
Eventually, I sort of fell away from that and stopped meditating long enough to launch a recent guided meditation and talk by Gary Sanders on Karuna. Thus, I ended my fourth day of the challenge, having gained insights on compassion from Gary. If you're not familiar with Gary, check out his blog, or follow him on twitter. He's recently started recording his talks and meditations and has a handful of very nice ones to listen to.
See you tomorrow!