Kathleen C.

Kathleen C.

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Mind day 12 - cutting chains

  • Nov 17th, 2018 at 11:14AM

Today I tried a new location. Despite that eyes open still was horrible. This is a steep slope.

On a positive note I used the mantra ‘cut the chain’ in time with breathing and it worked well. The little successes really matter, don’t they?

 
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Jenny HaddleJenny HaddleKenzai Member
Assistant Trainerabout 2 years ago

I know, Kathleen! I have days when my eyes water, blink, want to close...ack, and the whole eyes open thing is so uncomfortable. Then, there are other days when my gaze is naturally soft and it all seems fine. Anyway, up the slope we go!


    Janet L.Janet L.Kenzai Member
    about 2 years ago

    Definitely moving up hill....but it does force us to think...after the meditation. I think repeating a phrase does help cut the chain.


      Gisele Q.Gisele Q.Kenzai Member
      about 2 years ago

      I've been following your posts Kathleen! Can't say I understand, but I am definitely intrigued!


        Kathleen C.Kathleen C.Kenzai Member
        about 2 years ago

        @Gisele, based on the first two weeks, it is a very interesting Kenzai experience. There is plenty of room for the familiar (exercise and diet and sleep) - indeed they are essential, but this new piece is hard work!


          John M.John M.Kenzai Member
          about 2 years ago

          Janet's been using a mantra to cut off the thoughts chains, and here I read that you, too, have been doing that. It's time for me to try that. I tried "feel the coolness" when inhaling and "feel the warmth" when exhaling, but it wasn't entirely successful at blocking out thought chains, but it was a success at keeping them from developing into longer chains? Can we declare it a success if we have many short thought chains rather than a few long ones? Or are we trying to shorten the amount of time thought chains occupy our mind while meditating?


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