Friday, February 25, 2011
Practice on a Cloudy Day
The last two weeks Arizona has been treated to cool weather and a cloudy sky. White, ashy, soft looking swirly clouds letting the ever present blue sky peek through. Driving to my morning meeting, I decide on a route through Papago Park, a desert park with large brownish-red boulders surrounded by creosote and other desert greens. It is one of my favorite spots in this Valley of the Sun. I breathe deeply and take in the cool air rolling in through the open windows. I look for my favorite saguaro cactus growing two baby buds that form a heart from a certain angle. It is quiet and I am happy. Leaving my meeting I take the same route and see the heart peeking up over the creosote bushes. I am aware of how thankful I am for my morning mediation practice. I wonder what the fifteen minutes I took to sit quietly allowed me to experience or not experience during the meeting. I marvel at those I know who have an “enduring practice” and the lightness, insight, and love they express freely in their whole being. I think how much more I, and others, would benefit if I exercised more consistency in sitting quietly. What I know for sure is that for today I gifted myself this equanimity-seeking time and for that I am grateful.