ZAZEN & HEARTBURN 98662 (UPDATED)
ZMH, the PoC and a duck puppet all joined me for the evening sitting.
I believe that the PoC is so close to Buddha hood that she was channeling Master Rinzai, cool points to whoever makes the connection on that one.
This morning I got up super early due to a burning in my stomach. It seems that the 800mg Ibuprofen have taken their tole on my belly. So I decided to sit with that... Now I am sure allot of people have heard about some meditation skills to be used when dealing with discomfort. Heck I know I have used them. The one I am most familiar with is turning attention to the pain and realizing it is impermanent an watch it arise and pass away...
Did not work this time. Sure the pain would arise, and arise, and arise some more until I could not stand it anymore and got up to take some antacids and drink a couple of glasses of water. When I sat back down I changed game plans and decided to take a southern zen approach. Yes that right. A little "Mindfulness" that I have been picking up from one of Thich Nhat Hanh's children's books... Breathing in, I know I am in pain, breathing out, I am taking care of my pain. And you know what... It seemed to work, or maybe it was just the antacids.
Any way after about an hour of sitting I got up had breakfast and tea then made the rounds to wake up my sitting partners, ZMH was kind enough to join me again and after the sitting I made her some toaster waffles before shaving and grabbing a cup of tea to go.
At work the admin shop smells like fear and pine oil. I know hope is not a method, but I do hope the fair well in this inspection. I look at it like if they fail we all fail. And I have never failed an inspection.
Back to work!
Update: It turns out it wasn't fear I smelled after all. The water cooler sprung a leak and soaked the CO's carpet. P~U