Even someone who meditates is sometimes nervous about going on retreat. Yet, there is no replacement for this extended period of simply being with our arisings to see that they are merely patterns. They come and go, so long as we don’t hold on to them.
While it might seem relaxing to watch TV over a meal or think over something else while washing up, where’s the sense of FOMO for the present moment? When not fully present, we’re actually missing out on being alive in that moment, and missing potential insights that will lead to greater freedom.
Even when I can stay focused, there’s often a background nervous energy vibration that distracts me…This all speaks to a big area of my life, because I seem to need to burn off a certain amount of energy every day.
When was the last time you had a day when everything was perfect? When whatever you set your mind to just seemed to take care of itself? I’ve had days like that. I remember one where I seemed to be in sync with everything: getting out of bed, brushing my teeth, my clothes felt just…