196 days and counting…

Earlier this year I installed an app called Insight Timer. I had been meditating on and off for several months prior to the install and wanted to start keeping track of the time I was spending on the cushion.
Today I looked at my statistics and saw that I’ve meditated for the past 196 consecutive days. A lot has changed in that time. My wife and I have moved away from State College, PA where we both had lived for the past 14 years. Also during that time I lost one job and found another that I am much happier with.
There have been some less drastic changes as well, changes that I believe are a direct result of making meditation a daily practice. I find myself being less reactive in situations that would have made me upset/angry/annoyed in the past. I’m able to be more present for the people in my life both at home and at work.
From everything I’ve read, it’s apparent that the road to awakening is a long, difficult one. Even having just started on this path, I can already see that it’s the right path for me, and I am determined to follow it wherever it might lead.

Creating a space…

“Meditation is not a matter of trying to achieve ecstasy, spiritual bliss, or tranquillity, nor is it attempting to become a better person. It is simply the creation of a space in which we are able to expose and undo our neurotic games, our self-deceptions, our hidden fears and hopes.” 


~ Chögyam Trungpa

Silence 

“When the mind is free of all of its content, all of its conditioned thinking, it enters into the solitude of silence. That silence can only arise when one sees the limitations of one’s thinking. When one sees that his or her thoughts will not bring truth, peace, or freedom, there arises a natural state of silence and inner clarity. And in that silence there is a profound solitude, because one is not seeking a more advantageous relationship with thought or with the accompanying emotions that are derived by thought.” 

~ Adyashanti