Day Twenty One: On Walking and Ego

Posted by on Jul 19, 2007 in Meditation | No Comments

Good news and bad news today.  Bad first: this morning’s session wasn’t good; there was a lot of ego-based thoughts, little wish-fulfilment aren’t-I-great fantasies that drew me away from the meditation.  That was when I wasn’t thinking about the meditation rather than actually getting on and meditating.  The only good thing was that I didn’t seem to be that tired.

 However, on the plus side I tried a walking meditation last night.  Not a long one, but maybe ten minutes, from the Marks & Spencer on the harbourside to home, after a podcast that I was listening to had finished.  And it was very good.  I managed to get into the swing of it pretty easily, keeping just enough awareness not to bump into people or walk into the road, but with distracting thoughts at a bare minimum.  I tried to increase awareness of my body that seemed to go well too, the rhythm of the walking and the feel of the ground beneath my feet…

I think I’ll try it again this evening, see what happens, then I might give it a try tomorrow morning, too.  Maybe getting started with the walking meditation might bootstrap my seated meditation somehow.

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