Sunday, 28 February 2010

Rain and running water.

It was Sunday zanzenkai this morning and the heavens had opened on us overnight. At 5:30am I woke up, 30 minutes overslept, with only 25 minutes to get to the bell and drum to signal the start of the sitting. Because I'm sitting at the temple every morning now my samue was laid out in the spare room in my house, so getting dressed took just a minute. A quick bowl of cereal, a check of the football scores (English Premier League, Chelsea 2 - Man City 4!), and off to the car in the pouring rain.

Saturday, 27 February 2010

I don't like being me today.

I slept in this morning after going to bed too late last night after having a row with my wife for hogging the PC for most of yesterday. I was angry and rude to her last night and she didn't deserve it because she was right. My anger came about because I was caught lying. I was supposed to be doing research, not browsing aimlessly through the long list of Bookmarks on my browser. When she needed to use the PC I would quickly switch to MS Word and the document with two paragraphs that had taken me half a day to write.

Friday, 26 February 2010

Sitting alone.

I went to the temple 6:30am today to sit. It has been a grey, wet morning throughout, but the winter temperatures have left us and it's lovely and mild. I usually wear track bottoms and a top in winter, with several layers underneath to keep the cold from penetrating through to my skin, which it always manages to do, but from today I have started wearing my samue again, loose and light, very easy to sit in.

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Going to the zendo every morning during the holidays

The university holidays are very generous for me. I have two months off, so I'll be going to the zendo every morning for the next few weeks. I'll be alone, but that's fine by me. Sitting in the house in the morning is not an option given how frantic it is with the kids getting up. I'm off to bed now to get a good sleep before this new routine kicks off.