I know from some of your posts and from so many years of teaching that some of you might be feeling discouraged right about now.
In the past 2 weeks I've been in NYC, Washington DC, Long Island, and Los Angeles. In each of these places people have come up to talk to me and told me they were going to do the challenge.
Yesterday our 28-day challenge came to an end. I guess since it is a leap year, we can celebrate today too.
We say that lovingkindness and compassion grow out of inside, and out of training.
When I first went to India in 1970, I went overland through Europe, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan before arriving in India.
Working with physical pain is also a template for working with emotional pain – we learn the skills in one and can apply them in the other.
Once on a meditation retreat in Burma, I was calmly eating lunch when I unexpectedly bit down on a whole chili pepper. My mouth caught on fire, and so did my mind.
The text below is an excerpt from 'Sit', an article I wrote some time ago for O Magazine. It provides some basic meditation instruction and answers many questions about the practice.
It has been so nice today reading your tweets, comments, postings; and sitting myself, feeling how many people were also dedicating themselves to practice.
Many years ago, when I had gone to Israel to teach, some friends and I went to the Old City section of Jerusalem, where there is a wonderful open-stall marketplace.