Gathering Wool from one's own daily practise

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Gathering Wool from one's own daily practise

Post by Anders » Thu Mar 08, 2018 5:04 pm

I am starting this topic as a thread for the small musings and reflections that arise in the context of one's own daily practise, that seem in the moment meaningful enough to jot down, but too inconsequential to pull up a soapbox for and start a new topic on or generate much discussion on.

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Re: Gathering Wool from one's own daily practise

Post by Wayfarer » Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:35 am

Tedious as it might seem my current challenge is 'getting up in time'. I set the alarm for 5:30am, which gives enough time to sit before making breakfast and beginning the daily routine. But then more often than not, I set it back to 6:00 sometime during the night, and then get up some time after that, meaning I miss the best window of time for practice (and daybreak is definitely best.) So hereby declaring that I'm gonna stick to the schedule going forward. :100:
The most important thing is not at all important.

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Post by lobster » Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:26 am

I would love to give up my day as a daily practice. However despite trying to cut down my sitting to zero or more, I am still gathering wool to sit on :114:

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Post by Great Sage EofH » Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:02 am

no daily practice at all today. I arose at 3:30 am, drove everyone to the hospital, and began a vigil that lasted until 9pm. Everyone was determined to spend the entire day in useless loud incessant small talk to distract our loved one from pain. Actually i have a few minutes for practice now before we start all over again, so no more posting on this thread

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Post by fuki » Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:36 am

no-mind on the bus
mind on the sidewalk
pain on the sidewalk
self on the sidewalk
demons on the sidewalk
no-mind at the hospital
no-mind on the sidewalk
mind on the bus
no-mind at home.

dreamless sleep
waking up
some more walking today
or not.
"dunno mind"
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Re: Gathering Wool from one's own daily practise

Post by Larry » Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:16 am

No iPad before this morning's meditation.

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Post by Dan74 » Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:39 pm

Driving 50 miles across the Canton of Bern on the way to my students yesterday morning, the rising sun and the mist put on a wondrous spectacle of light. The tree tops on the rolling hills stuck out from the glowing white and the alpine peaks towered majestically on the horizon. Suddenly I found myself deep in the thick fog. Did I enter it or did the fog fall onto the highway, I briefly wondered..

It was our 15th Wedding Anniversary. My wife toasted to the occasion with a half a glass of Rioja and I with some berry juice. Still off the booze though I was quite willing to make an exception last night. She shook her head.

Everything that happens can be met with an unknowing openness for the vibrance that it is or... much more often sorted into the old emotional patterns and narratives. Loneliness, disappointment, failure, powerlessness, a lump stuck in the chest... Bring the attention to it, actively, with a gentle breath and the vibrance expands from the centre. Or is it the caffeine kicking in? ;)

Sometimes a bad day is also ok, no picking and choosing, right? Stuck somewhere? This is exactly the place you are meant to be right now! And in this very moment, what is truly missing? And yet, longing is a powerful habit for me, at least. Once it was gone for a few months but it came back. Longing for the return of no-longing :lol:

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Post by fuki » Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:38 pm

“You had better run from me. My words are fire.”
~Rumi
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Post by Great Sage EofH » Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:02 pm

Typical wool gatherings:
I had to unfocus today
I had to focus
My mind is wandering
My mind is right here
Presence of mind
Tranquillity
Is this samadhi
No it’s not samadhi
It’s not samadhi but it’s presence of mind
Verging on samadhi
It was something but now it’s gone
It’s gone but I feel much better
I’m overwhelmed with emotions today
I’m full of gratitude today
I have Bodhisattva compassion right now
I’ve got resentments and issues right now
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Re: Gathering Wool from one's own daily practise

Post by fuki » Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:41 pm

2 vows today;

stop lending money to ppl you know you wont get back anyway (said that a 100 times and a few thousand bucks later but who knows perhaps this is the day I learn)

and stop making music for the deaf.
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Post by Great Sage EofH » Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:14 am

Sitting in a Chapel
They think I’m praying?
It felt so legitimate
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Post by Caodemarte » Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:23 am

SunWuKong wrote:
Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:14 am
Sitting in a Chapel
They think I’m praying?
It felt so legitimate
Aren’t you?

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Post by Wayfarer » Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:47 am

Dan74 wrote:
Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:39 pm
Sometimes a bad day is also ok, no picking and choosing, right? Stuck somewhere? This is exactly the place you are meant to be right now! And in this very moment, what is truly missing? And yet, longing is a powerful habit for me, at least. :lol:

The last week, I have had several reversals of fortune, concerning work contracts and an interest in a property. Things that looked certain, suddenly appeared shaky; prospects that had been looking up, looked like they might not work out after all.

As it happens by week’s end they’re looking up again. So I’m feeling more cheerful. But even that feeling is, I know, basically a hindrance, or a clinging. I mean, it is natural to want things to go well, and not to be happy when they don’t. But these are precisely the ‘worldly concerns’ - gain and loss, fortune and misfortune - that are the concern of us worldly beings. And our situation is such that we have to attend to such matters and endeavour to do them properly. I think the lesson is, to do them as well as is possible, but don’t be elated when they work out, or depressed if they don’t. Things will be as they will be, but the feelings that are associated with them all, are what we need to be mindful of.
The most important thing is not at all important.

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Re: Gathering Wool from one's own daily practise

Post by lobster » Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:25 am

Larry wrote:
Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:16 am
:105:
:bow2:

Some are the sheeps wool :110:
some the shorn
some the sheep in wolves clothing

Ipad is my grass :114:

Time to sit with the hungry wolves ... must stay awake ... :wool:

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Post by Larry » Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:44 am

lobster wrote:
Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:25 am
Ipad is my grass :114:
:lol:

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Post by fuki » Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:27 am

Larry wrote:
Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:44 am
:lol:

Mu!
Just saw there's no one that truly exists who is laughing,
now I can never stop laughing!

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Post by KeithA » Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:24 pm

SunWuKong wrote:
Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:14 am
Sitting in a Chapel
They think I’m praying?
It felt so legitimate
I love a good chapel.

_/|\_
You make, you get.

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Post by Larry » Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:52 am

Me too.

Got to hedge our bets :lol:

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Re: Gathering Wool from one's own daily practise

Post by Anders » Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:46 pm

Sitting down with Journey's on Mind Mountain this evening after meditation, my posture is different. As the eyes send to the mind the words on the page "... How you have constructed your world from the fabric of habit and taken it for granted...", the message reverberates in my belly with a tinge of fear of uncertainty mixed with openness to it. And the thought occurs to me that thoughts are, in a way, just the surface ripples of the body. It seems significant somehow. A way of tuning in to something.

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Post by Dan74 » Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:17 pm

Last week I rode back from Bern in the rain (on my scooter) and the following morning had pain in the upper back and left shoulder. A good reminder to breathe and release. Rinse and repeat.

Apart from that every few weeks bring a little insight into deeply ingrained mental patterns. Insecurity and victim complex, for instance. But they are also great fodder to reaching out and understanding others.

One aspect of human nature that has disturbed and frightened me more than probably any other, is our tribalistic callousness - turning a blind eye to the injustice and suffering inflicted on 'the others'. These two articles caught my eye in recent days. The first is relatively mild and common knowledge - the fear of Muslims that has become quite the norm in Europe. The second is the same kind of prejudice taken to a fever pitch.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hung ... SKCN1HC1UA

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wor ... 428b6e11ef

I cannot shake the feeling that I should be doing more to deal with this.

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