this is my dear zafu, which accompanies me for a while now. It’s already traveled to places with me, it has seen earliest morning, deepest night, worries, gratitude, anger, luckily also peace, loving kindness, equanamity. happiness… non-attachment, balance.
In June, it will be at the European Institute of Applied Buddhism in Waldbröl, at the Day of Mindfulness with Thich Nhat Hanh.
I cannot really say when exactly was the first day ever to meditate in some way. I’ve been doing it the one or other
way for quite a while.
What I do know for sure is, that for the past 365 days there has been not a single day without Meditation, even if it
was only for 20 breaths as the roads were full of snow and I had to get to work ….
If you come to think that my middle name is “discipline” then please listen closely: It’s so not!!
A person I know, who published wonderful books about Buddhism and Psychotherapy, Matthias Ennenbach, [he works in hospitals and Clients in a private practice applying his own new form of psychotherapy, built by long personal experience, with heart and love, called “Buddhistische Psychotherapie BPT ®” (=buddhistic psychotherapy)], has found a way to introduce, explain and recommend meditation which was so motivating, so encouraging, so touching, so structured… that I asked myself what I did all the years before getting my zafu….? 🙂 When the Edition of his first book will be released in English, you’ll probably find me posting quotes here.
about 200 and more of the past 365 days I did just this:
getting up at about 5 a.m., lighting a candle, lighting some incense, sitting down, more or less making sure to know I am breathing in, more or less making sure I am aware of breathing out, trying not to attach to thoughts, whatever crosses my mind, enjoying inner peace (which comes and goes ^^) …
Besides noticing how really packed work days or emotionally charged situations started to become clearly less stress-loaded (and add this up for a couple of months and find yourself no longer counting down the days til the next Weekend or vacation so badly anymore….!!) the morning Meditation had another wonderful effect:
before starting, the mornings were scheduled for the usual stuff: shower, breakfast, a Cup of coffee Maximum, everything, just everything more or less for the next Phase of the morning to come: going to work. It all had no meaning in itself.
One important reason why getting up early stopped being hard is that by taking time to slow down even before you go to work or do other things at the Weekend, you give your Mornings such a calm, friendly, peacful, healthy&healing purpose.No, it’s not always that peaceful, bright and happy in my head all the time but it is possible to shift to healing thoughts when you become aware of what is going on in your mind. Again: nope, not wearing a purple-sparkle unicornshirt over here, what I am writing is from experience which I am happy to make.
For this reason: the next 365 days have just started!
Dear Reader, please share your thoughts on Meditation, your Habits and your happy places with me if you like.
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