Over the past few days it’s been in my mind. Part of the reason I came to Thailand was to talk to some senior English speaking monks at Wat Pah Nanachat and Suan Mokkh about the process of “jhana” and losing the ego and other things that appeared to have been going on while I meditated so long ago.
I also came to see if Thailand’s culture – which accepted Buddhist meditation as normal, unlike the USA, would facilitate the process if I chose to go forward with it again. I’ve been here for a while now and just not felt the urge to go back and start the process again. Until recently.
Over the last days and even some weeks there have been times when I’ve felt like meditating again. I’d pretty much stopped cold 10 years ago because the process, once it kicks in is so overwhelming, and the changes it makes so profound… So hard to explain anything about it.
I’ve written a little bit about it on my other blog (www.aimforawesome.com) and thought I’d keep the topic going here as well.
I’m planning on going to a mountain-top temple in a day or so and meditate for a day, 2 days, 3 days. I don’t know how much I’ll post to the blogs, depends on the phone service up there and if I’m able to upload the photos to the blog or not. I’ll need to do a test to see if posting works since I’m FTP’ing my blog to my own hosting plan at Godaddy and the usual functions of Google’s “Blogger” may not be functional.
If anyone is interested in meditation – a simple meditation without following Buddhism or any other religon or “ism” I created a free e-book on my www.aimforawesome.com site that is in the “Pages” link in the upper right hand side of that site. It’s a PDF file and it covers about 22 days of meditation. The meditation is very easy, and it’s basically all I did. I took it from a few sources… SN Goenka’s Book on Vipassana Meditation primarily.
Ok, I’ll be testing the upload photos functionality to see if it’s working and then maybe one more post before I go to my meditative retreat on the mountain.