Daily Prompt: Me Time
What’s your ideal Saturday morning? Are you doing those things this morning? Why not?
In Vancouver my ideal Saturday morning was up at 6am. Yes I’m a morning person that dreaded subspecies of being that wakes up smiling and looking forward to the day. The first change in my daily routine was no coffee to start the day, instead an herbal tea. The usual morning routine involving soap, shampoo and toothpaste followed. Then it was time to head to meditation class, which started at 9am. practicing the three meditative states in a group is different from doing them alone. First you feel the calmness of most of the regulars, and the nervous energy of newcomers, mingled with the occasional bubble of someone not their usual self that morning. Silent seated meditation doesn’t differ much in a group, except there are more sounds of breathing to make a pleasing white noise, in contrast to the traffic whizzing past outside. Walking meditation, also silently practiced, helps get the blood flowing after 30 minutes of seated meditation. Finally chanted meditation closes out the first part of the morning. When everyone is putting energy into their chanting, you can feel it.
Following meditation is a dharma talk. Here we learn more about the path. This is followed by a vegan lunch, practiced in the monastic tradition of eating silently. This allows us to contemplate, the receiving of the food, and be thankful of the efforts in its preparation. Then comes the perambulation to the Gracious Hall and we honor the Buddha for his teachings. For those not familiar with Buddhism, we honor the teacher as a wise person, and give thanks for the teaching. The organized part of the morning is over. Most days this is followed by several of us sitting and talking over tea, either inside or weather permitting outside in the temple grounds or garden.