Deer Park, Day Twenty-Six
(written on Wednesday February 5th)
Today was the last day in our string of lazy days. I can’t remember when last we had a regular schedule. It has been over a week and a half I think. Perhaps it was on Sunday the 26th of January for the day of mindfulness. We’ve had a program here and there since then but nothing consistent. I think also that this marks day six of not doing morning sitting meditation together as a community.
Tomorrow will be the regular Thursday community day of mindfulness starting at 9:00am. I am looking forward to sitting in the big hall tomorrow morning and hearing the wake up bell at 5:00am. How lovely it will be to have some practice time before I leave on Friday to help send me on my way.
I did some sitting on my own both in the morning and before dinner tonight. I have felt the strong momentum of the past three weeks here at Deer Park in these last few lazy days and over TET. I have been able to sit with joy and ease on my own twice a day. When I’ve sat on my cushion my body simply sinks into the river of the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha without effort. My sitting has been solid as a mountain and also light as a feather.
Today I played some guitar and sang, did Qi Gong, went for a walk up the fire road to visit my rock and overlook the sprawling valley, listened to music, read, studied, took a nap, and enjoyed the warm sun. I saw a few magnificent birds around the oak grove too! Maybe red tail hawks? They frequent the oak trees and soar gracefully around the branches. They are amazing!