December 30, 2012
I committed to sit every day in 2014, putting an end to my struggles and excuses. I aim for a minimum of 30 minutes, and allow for 15 minutes on days that are super jam packed (I own a landscaping company)... and yet, even that is a an excuse. However, I am sustaining the commitment in 2015 and it's making a big difference in my life.
Like all of us, the initial drive was to get free from the brambles in my mind, and bring others in to them. Sufficiently out of the brambles, I simply want to lead a life that serves Earth and people with as much clarity and quality as I possibly can, and to support people establishing and sustaining an authentic meditation practice.
Many and not enough. As Junpo says, "The first one hundred retreats are the most interesting." I highly recommend a minimum of one per year as a #1 life priority. Three per year has served me well.
I've done 25 Hollow Bones week-long retreats since May 2002, and ordained as a priest in 2011. I train with founder Junpo Denis Kelly and his dharma heir, Doshin MJ Nelson. I practice qi gong and yoga and am coached in the Immunity to Change process.
I appreciate everyone coming today, and for the opportunity to share this practice that has so beautifully transformed my life. I make no pretenses about how "awake" I am or not, as my monkey mind chatters while practicing zazen, and I am grateful for the chance to collectively support one another in remembering and living from the Pure Awareness inherent in us all. I look forward to sitting with you again. Wishing everyone strong and clear practice, Paco