Medi-cat-tion Redux
The weather not being very suitable for outside mediation resulted in a nice dry, warm, sit in the lounge.   Naturally, after 20 minutes of Metta meditation, this attracted some attention 🙂 Not sure there was really room for this lump of catness but he was welcome all the same […]

Medi-cat-ion redux


Forest Sunset
A loverly walk through the forest yesterday and managed to take this photo before the sun made its inevitable transition beyond the horizon.   A reminder that all things are transitory and clinging to the view that “things don’t change” gives rise to unsatisfactoriness i.e. wrong view as the antithesis […]

Sunset – or all conditioned phenomena are transitory


Seat by the tree
So here we are again for an hour of peace and stillness in the garden under the usual tree.   When I say peaceful, that does exclude the frequent visits from curious feral cats that live here, our very much free range hens and two mini-ponies munching around the long grass […]

Sadness Part 1 – Enigmatic init



Rain
Or in other words “it’s raining”. I have been so used, of late, of either rmeditating in the forest or under a large tree in the garden I had forgotten that “inside” is an option 😉  Finally today we have some long-awaited rain.   Unfair of me to blame anything […]

Tears of the Cāturmahārājikakāyika devas


Another trip to the forest to sit on a very hot day.  Scorchio in fact;  had to find some shade.  On the way, I found a bird by the wayside that looked like it may have been hit by a car.    This is a young crow and most people […]

Compassion arising on the way to the Forest


Meditation Panarama
Despite the lack of sleep ( 5:15am start) I managed 20 minutes on the mat first thing.  After a busy day, I checked into a hotel and set off for a few miles through the wonderful North Wilshire country-side.   After finding a nice quiet hill, I added another 30 minutes […]

It’s a bug’s life!



The local sitting group was having the usual post meditation cuppa and a chat and the subject of the ego fighting back when the mind calms and the grok of the concept of annata is close.   It seems the ego sees this as a threat and fights back either with […]

Me, myself and I


So what motivates us to meditate.  Sometimes it feels like a chore?   It is vital to understand your motivation for this.    Is it a strategy for managing your stress or is this an element of practice on the path (this blog is about the long road?    ;-). […]

Motivation


So we have reached a milestone.  Over a year of practice each and every day (even if just for a few minutes).   A few thigs learned on the way: Try and set a regular slot (first thing in the morning is ideal). Meditation is only a part of practice and […]

365 days and counting



Forest Meditation
This is where I chose to spend 30 minutes meditating today.  I had hoped to meet the girls out with the horses but missed them so took the opportunity to sit for a while.  Now I can see why there is a thriving forest tradition although the new forest is tamer than […]

Forest meditation