When I first began my meditation practice three years ago, I tried to take a picture on a beach one day and accidentally set my digital camera to video. I discovered that I'd taken a somewhat shaky film of water flowing, and loved the way it looked.
And then I was hooked. I began shooting short videos when I sat down to meditate. I took one minute videos everywhere, over and over again.
At our recent gathering at Tibet House, Sharon described a retreat she once attended, where she was urged to be mindful and take note of that mindfulness at various points throughout the day, for brief moments at a time. She urged us to try that same experiment, noting our small moments of mindfulness, perhaps a dozen times in a day.
I've been trying to do that, on subway trains and at my kitchen counter, while watching rain fall, opening my front door, making my bed, and preparing meals. I've been pausing a lot.
As this 28 day meditation challenge comes to an end, I will try to stay mindful, in short moments throughout the day. Some of those moments will end up as videos on my youtube page, and some will flicker through my mind silently and disappear forever. "Short moments, many times," is one of the many teachings I will take with me long after this challenge ends. It's been a pleasure and a privilege to sit, blog and learn with everyone here. Thank you all.