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03/10/06 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

Basically stealing the post from Think Buddha:

One day a businessman went to see Ajahn Chah. He was, it appears, both successful in business and sincere in his desire to practice meditation. “I’m a busy man,” he said to the monk. “How long should I practice meditation for in the mornings?”
Ajahn Chah sized him up for a few moments. “Hmmm… he said. I would say that around half an hour a day should do you.”
The businessman looked distraught. “Yes! That would be good!” he cried. “But the problem is, I am so terribly busy! What should I do if I do not have time to meditate for half an hour?”
Ajahn Chah gave this some thought. “If you do not have time to meditate for half an hour,” he concluded, “then you should meditate for an hour.”

I'm continuing the mantra retreat that I started when I went to Ann Arbor a few weeks ago. This adds a minimum of 45min to an hour to my daily formal practice. It does get very difficult when I let mundane life and obligations take precedance.

The bottom line is for me to recognize what is most important for me at the time.

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3 comments

Comment from: Dawn [Visitor]
DawnOm, om, om........:)

Go Steeeve, go Steeeve, keep up the good work! How's that for dharma cheerleading!

It's cool that a bunch of us in this bioregion are doing this practice simultaneously, struggles, sleep deprivation, and mala meltdowns and all. I'm wondering the magnitude of the reverberation in the greater Cleveland energy field as a result. I'm sure it's more than we know.
03/13/06 @ 22:11
Comment from: steveg [Member] Email
stevegThanks, Dawn.
In fact tonite I was just debating on dropping the retreat cuz I'm so tired, or whether to push thru and go for it.

Then came the email with your comment, and I'm ready to SIT!
03/13/06 @ 22:36
Comment from: Will [Visitor]
WillI confess: I stole this too, from Catherine McGee who was leading the last retreat I was on at Gaia House. Thanks for the link, and I hope that the on-going retreat goes on, and goes well!

All the best,

Will
03/15/06 @ 06:24