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.

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!

  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.

  3. I feel you progressing well on this path. More one is aware of the breath or sensations while doing his/her routine work, more one is getting established in dhamma.

  4. Anonymous

    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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