Extending our meditation practice into different areas of my life.

 Some easy things I’ve been trying lately:

-Focusing on my breathing while driving, showering and other activities. Of course is not as intense as in Anapana when sitting in a quiet space, but I’m finding it a helpful practice to calm my mind.

-Bringing awareness over my body several times a day: am I relaxed or tense?

Am I using unnecessary muscles in the current posture? Can I feel my clothes over my skin?

-Trying to perceive my emotional states and feel how my breathing becomes deep or choppy, long or short, etc.

I’m also trying to do some walking meditation. I find it more difficult. I never had any serious instruction about it and while at the 10 days retreat I used to enjoy just walking, but now I’m trying to add a more meditative content to my walks, even when I go to get my car at the parking lot.

I think that all these things help, because the truth is that I cannot practice meditation five hours a day but PERHAPS I can bring the meditation into my activities for longer periods of time.

I wonder if other people do the same.

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About Ryan Shelton

While I'm currently married to a beautiful woman while teaching physics at Padua Academy, these descriptors fail to capture the totality of my adventurous life. I have hiked over 1700 miles, traveled to 5 continents, managed a bakery, started a meditation center, counseled troubled teens, attended Duke, UNC, and Harvard, protected forests as a wildland firefighter, volunteered thousands of hours with Americorps, rafted the Grand Canyon, SCUBA dived on the Great Barrier Reef, and continues to find new adventures. I hope my writing encourages you to pursue your dreams and be the best version of yourself while supporting your communities to work together to solve the current challenges in our world.

6 thoughts on “Extending our meditation practice into different areas of my life.

  1. I chose the discrepancy between ‘our” practice and ” my” life purposely. I do feel that this is shared practice and when I sit I’m sure some of you are sitting at the same time!

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  2. after 3 10 days and 1 volunteer seva one does Satipatthana. During Sattipathana it describes kayanupasana / body, chitanupasana / mind, vednanupasana / sensation and dhammanupasana / 4 noble truths.

    It helps you to do practise during any time along with day to day work. This should not be taken as excuse to not to seat 2 hours per day.

    Once person seats 30 or 45 day course it becomes easy to be aware of sensation while doing day to day work.

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  3. There is never a time not to be in the moment – to be aware of your breath and where it comes from. Stillness then consciousness will follow

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