In a very real way, instrusive sounds are gifts when practicing! Hear it and practice being with the conditions you can't control. This dosn't mean you don't at times wisely adjust conditions, like turn down the AC when it not needed etc.
Hot enough for you? Cold enough? Is it now enough for you!? What is the story and what is the reality? Practicing with extremes requires you to notice them first, last and always. Put another way be actively mindful. Being with the sensation of extreme heat is a relatively easy practice, object, to be with. Recognizing when pain has been approached and adjusting is the wise thing to do. Often a simple adjustment is part of the practice not the end. Note: this recording has more wind buffeting noise than usual so adjusting your bass or volume is recommended.
Practice where you actually are. Understand you will have to adjust your expectations to match your likely conditions, quickly and openly to maintain the relaxed and awake quality of being. It's good to practice in relatively novel spaces.
www.ssimc.org for online meditation class info.
It has been a busy spring, this longish episode does some catching up! Its not a riddle! Not a puzzle! Sometimes a question but without a logical, linear sort of answer. The more you wisely practice, the more you wake uP.
rss link to the newish Now, Dhammapada podcast mentioned
Keywords: paradox, mindfulness, breath, body, koan, view
Practice in your car. No waiting. No shopping. For real, all the sounds and sights and barks are a part of the mindfulness.
*** For my new Dhammapada centric podcast Now, Dhammapada (mentioned at the end of this episode) try here:
Soon, you should be able to find it on your favorite podcatcher ***
The object of light. Photons. Object with which you make contact. Collect your attention, bring it back to the light. Artificial or natural. Work with the available visibly changing. Yes, blink! Energizing...
Keywords: Change, meditaton, mindfulness, blink, shadow