Whenever I sit for practice, I reconnect. But with what? And what is it that reconnects?
Butt to cushion, obviously.
A few small rituals suitable to formal practice (or not):
Connect lighter with candle, incense with candle flame, perhaps open a prayer book.
This sets up a connection with something else – something called “intention.”
The movements and words automatically engender a sense of slowing down.
(In relation to what?)
Reconnecting with physical sensations… twitches, itches, tingles, pulses, warmth, textures, that normally go un-noticed.
They come and go. Just sensations.
(Pleasure? Pain? Who decides?)
Reconnecting with emotions. Ripples touch awareness: anger, contentment, confusion, boredom, love, one after another, temporarily unmoored from palisades of memory, view, opinion. Just feelings.
(Whose feelings? Who’s feeling?)
Reconnecting with thoughts: to find them as they are and not be lost in them. Just thoughts.
If you believe your life, this makes no sense. A waste of time.
If you doubt, doors open. Narnia will never be the same.
Franca Leeson begins a new series of classes May 14, 2014: see Meditation Class: Reconnecting for details.