Zen focus, or lack thereofPosted: June 28, 2010 | Author: Doug | Filed under: Buddhism, Zen | 12 Comments »
Given the hectic month I’ve had, perhaps it’s time to revisit good ol fashioned Buddhist meditation. This was inspired by two excellent cartoons by Sinfest: here and then here. Stop and visit Sinfest if you haven’t already, and enjoy the good comics there.
The trouble for me has not been meditation itself, but trying to work it in the life of a busy parent, with a demanding work schedule. As always happens in the past, my life gets sufficiently interrupted that I lose the routine, or I hung up on details (e.g. “Is this position ok or not?”, “Eyes open or closed?”), lose motivation and give up. The former I guess I can’t do anything about, the latter I need good advice on.
I do have a separate home practice I do almost daily, inspired by my visit to Japan and with advice from the local Shingon priest here, but this is sort of a basic lay-devotional practice. I think there’s some benefit to simultaneously practicing meditation as well if only I could do it.
As another comic, Savage Chickens shows, it’s useful even when you’re being useless.
Advice appreciate if you have it, thanks!