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  • Gregor
    Member
    • Apr 2007
    • 638

    Flakey McFlakerson rides again.

    I feel like a bit of a flake . . . seem to keep running in cycles of hot and cold with my practice, really been distracted and focusing on other endeavors for the better part of a year.

    Not trying to judge this, it's just what it is. In my heart of hearts I have faith in the Dharma and would like to be more active/involved in practice. Yet at the same time I seem to always have something I'd rather be up to, of course this is a cop out.

    Gonna take some baby steps here and work my way back into it. Ten minutes a day for the next week right after a little dharma reading. . . just gonna walk over to my book shelf close my eyes and randomly grab a book.

    The winner is . . . . Robert Aitken, "Taking the Path of Zen"

    Jeez that's damb appropriate.

    Gonna check in daily or nearly daily to update this thread --- good to have a way to keep myself "on the path"
    Jukai '09 Dharma Name: Shinko 慎重(Prudent Calm)
  • Dosho
    Member
    • Jun 2008
    • 5784

    #2
    Re: Flakey McFlakerson rides again.

    Hey Greg,

    Nice to see you back...you were active when I first joined about a year ago, but hadn't seen much of you since. The greatest lesson I have learned thus far is how precious these moments are for returning to practice. I used to use them to berate myself for my past transgressions. How foolish! They are the greatest of moments when our attention has returned to center.

    Good luck along the path.

    Gassho,
    Dosho

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    • Gregor
      Member
      • Apr 2007
      • 638

      #3
      Re: Flakey McFlakerson rides again.

      Thanks Dosho, really appreciate what you said -- so true, this is a great time a new opportunity.

      - Greg aka "Shinko"
      Jukai '09 Dharma Name: Shinko 慎重(Prudent Calm)

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      • Cameron
        Member
        • Jun 2009
        • 42

        #4
        Re: Flakey McFlakerson rides again.

        I think I have very little experience compared to many people on this board... but I think the best thing to do when I don't feel like doing zazen is to do zazen. At any time a person can sit in a chair, on the bench in the bus, in the movie theatre, in the barber's chair, etc. How different is it to sit zazen? Just put your butt on the zafu and sit. No pressure, no expectation. Just sit like you are going to sit anywhere else (with proper posture of course). When the timer dings or the bell rings, be glad and go on with your day. That's what I do.

        Cam

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        • Jundo
          Treeleaf Founder and Priest
          • Apr 2006
          • 39441

          #5
          Re: Flakey McFlakerson rides again.

          Originally posted by Deadbuddha
          I think I have very little experience compared to many people on this board... but I think the best thing to do when I don't feel like doing zazen is to do zazen. At any time a person can sit in a chair, on the bench in the bus, in the movie theatre, in the barber's chair, etc. How different is it to sit zazen? Just put your butt on the zafu and sit. No pressure, no expectation. Just sit like you are going to sit anywhere else (with proper posture of course). When the timer dings or the bell rings, be glad and go on with your day. That's what I do.

          Cam
          Me too.
          ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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          • Gregor
            Member
            • Apr 2007
            • 638

            #6
            Re: Flakey McFlakerson rides again.

            Things are going well, still sitting daily. Doing the stretches Aitken Roshi discusses in "Taking the Path of Zen"

            Even headed to a dojo this weekend for some formal practice at Valley Zendo.
            Jukai '09 Dharma Name: Shinko 慎重(Prudent Calm)

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            • Dosho
              Member
              • Jun 2008
              • 5784

              #7
              Re: Flakey McFlakerson rides again.

              That's great! Welcome back to the path; when I get lost next time I'll know who to see for a pep talk.

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              • Gregor
                Member
                • Apr 2007
                • 638

                #8
                Re: Flakey McFlakerson rides again.

                Dosho,

                Cool. I'll strive to keep myself on track so that I can be there when you need that pep talk
                Jukai '09 Dharma Name: Shinko 慎重(Prudent Calm)

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                • Eika
                  Member
                  • Sep 2007
                  • 806

                  #9
                  Re: Flakey McFlakerson rides again.

                  Glad to see you back, Gregor.

                  Peace,
                  Bill
                  [size=150:m8cet5u6]??[/size:m8cet5u6] We are involved in a life that passes understanding and our highest business is our daily life---John Cage

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                  • Gregor
                    Member
                    • Apr 2007
                    • 638

                    #10
                    Re: Flakey McFlakerson rides again.

                    Thanks Eika!

                    -----------------------------------

                    checking in here, off to sit a little before bed.

                    Sorta goofed up and had a glass of wine right before was not thinking of zazen when I poured it, hope it's not gonna be an issue.
                    Jukai '09 Dharma Name: Shinko 慎重(Prudent Calm)

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                    • KellyRok
                      Member
                      • Jul 2008
                      • 1374

                      #11
                      Re: Flakey McFlakerson rides again.

                      Hello all,

                      Cam - I couldn't agree more...when I find I resist zazen, that's when I just push myself to do it anyway. I feel so much better afterwards.

                      Gregor - we all 'slack off' from time to time, but it is truly wonderful to come back again and again. It is great to see you again. I was wondering what you've been up to.

                      Gassho to you and all,
                      Jinmei (Kelly)

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                      • newcdn
                        Member
                        • Jun 2009
                        • 10

                        #12
                        Re: Flakey McFlakerson rides again.

                        Hi Greg,
                        I am new here, and I have just come out of a period of not wanting to sit as well. I am glad to see that you have come back to it

                        Gassho,
                        Jeff

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                        • BrianW
                          Member
                          • Oct 2008
                          • 511

                          #13
                          Re: Flakey McFlakerson rides again.

                          Hi Gregor,
                          Always enjoy reading your posts! I myself have a fear of someday "falling off the wagon", yet at the same time keep in mind the Heart Sutra ...
                          No hindrance, therefore no fear
                          Gassho,
                          BrianW

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                          • torotech
                            Member
                            • Aug 2008
                            • 32

                            #14
                            Re: Flakey McFlakerson rides again.

                            but I think the best thing to do when I don't feel like doing zazen is to do zazen. At any time a person can sit in a chair, on the bench in the bus, in the movie theatre, in the barber's chair, etc. How different is it to sit zazen? Just put your butt on the zafu and sit. No pressure, no expectation. Just sit like you are going to sit anywhere else (with proper posture of course). When the timer dings or the bell rings, be glad and go on with your day. That's what I do.
                            Wondefully stated. I've got to get out my journal and write that one down.

                            Gregor -
                            Thanks for your humble posting. I am in the (exact) same boat when it comes to zazen, it really comforts me to know that I am not alone.

                            Kind Regards,
                            Brian

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                            • Gregor
                              Member
                              • Apr 2007
                              • 638

                              #15
                              Re: Flakey McFlakerson rides again.

                              late night, still some work left to do ---

                              Still hear still struggling to sit everyday, once I've planted myself on the cushion it's all good, simple and easy.

                              Sit or word processor, hmmmm?


                              I think I'll sit and give the resume a go in the early morning, my eyes need a rest !!
                              Jukai '09 Dharma Name: Shinko 慎重(Prudent Calm)

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