ADF Dedicant Path: Meditation and Mental Training

Not a whole lot to say here except that I am officially beginning my required 23 weeks of meditation today. I will be keeping a pen and paper journal to record my weekly practice. ADF recommends starting out with multiple days of practice per week rather than just one, but I am having a hard enough time keeping up with my graduate studies, let alone ADF work. For now, I am going to tentatively schedule meditation work for Saturday evenings and only do more when I am able.

I am still making time to visit my nature spot – though I mostly go for running, I try to multitask and allow myself some time after a run to do a little yoga and experience the nature in a more settled state. I can probably add some short meditation work to the time spent there as well. It’s going to get cold soon, though, so I don’t know for how much longer I’ll be able to go there.

I don’t do well in the cold. I have Reynauds and no amount of layering and mittens has ever been sufficient. When I went skiing as a kid, my father, who has inhuman-heater-hands, used to give me his gloves for a run, wear mine, and trade with me next run so that my gloves would always be warm. Those little hand-warmer things were never sufficient for me. I lose circulation in my hands just handling cold things in the grocery store. :/ Somedays are better than others, and the problem is not always related to the exact temperature, but also my mood, stress-level, etc. Maybe meditation exercises will help me endure a few cold days outside. I can give it a try anyway 🙂

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Posted on September 12, 2015, in ADF Dedicant Path and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Good luck with the mental discipline/meditation exercise: it’s the one I’ve been stalling on a lot. Some days, just showing up to the shrine/meditation spot is half the battle!

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  2. Good Luck. Stick with it. It gets easier with practice. Best wishes!

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