- The whole giving up stuff thing (coffee and alcohol for me which was about an occasional glass of good wine to go with a good meal that I really enjoyed) I choose to see in terms of what I get instead of what I don’t get. When it comes to coffee I get positive health effects by not polluting the system. Instead I use green teas and enjoy a cup much longer than I enjoy a cup of espresso. The unexpected bonus! 🙂
- I miss wine more than I thought I would. Listening to the recent podcast from Here on Earth on the pshycology of enjoying wine certainly didn’t make it easier 🙂 Not being able to enjoy a glass of Chianti made me think what it is in wine that attracts me. For me wine is about more than just its immediate qualities and the somewhat changed state of mind. It is about sharing a good meal with friends, memories of the warm and distant places wine awokes even when I am on my own, a certain mellowness that comes with a relaxed atmosphere (one normally doesn’t drink wine when being pressed for time). The desire has not been strong so far and I think that knowing that this is a temporary depravation gives the whole experience of wanting a bitter sweet touch.
- I find the motivation to sit much stronger these days as I also feel the support of the members of the sanga. Sometimes cats sit with me, too.
- A little article in Trycycle magazine on how to tune up the meditation practice: http://www.tricycle.com/feature/meditators-toolbox
- Metta meditaiton practice is still not a part of the routine.