Mindful Monday – the Zafu

I’m shaking off the blog frustrations plaguing me lately and I’m going to try something new on ye old blogge – a theme for one day of the week: Mindful Mondays.

Each Monday I am going to post about something related to introducing more mindfulness into my life. I’ve been fascinated by (and dabbled in) Buddhist thinking and practice since I was first introduced to it in Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg, way back in the early nineties. Reading Robert Wright’s Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Enlightenment  reminded me recently of all that just “clicks” for me about this philosophy.

And I promise not to get all preachy about it, like I just turned raw vegan or something. That’s not really my style. This is more my style:

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Initially I balked at the idea of having to BUY something with which to sit still and empty my mind, but after a couple of painful attempts at meditating last week, I reconsidered my stance.

I found this cushion on Amazon.ca and both the price and the reviews were fantastic. I am absolutely thrilled with my buckwheat-filled zafu.

Loving this cushion

It’s still hard AF to quiet my mind, but at least my hips, legs, and back aren’t yelling at me the whole time. I could sit for a whole 10 minutes this morning. Baby steps, people, baby steps!

Rock on,

The WB

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6 Comments

  • And I promise not to get all preachy about it, like I just turned raw vegan or something. — HAHAHAHAHAHA.

    Good deal. And yay for sitting without pain!

  • Good for you for being more proactive about mindfulness. I really should do the same.

  • I just put that on my Christmas list. Thanks for the idea. Coraline and I have been trying to meditate more. I’m hoping it will help her focus in school. And I could stand more focus myself.

    • I think we all could. We live in a very distracting world these days. The young ones don’t know any different – how will they ever know you can live in a world without access 24/7 to more information than anyone could ever process? Unless we take them out to the woods and take away their electronics…

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