Hello on the final day of the five day meditation in the mirror challenge,
This experience has made me realize that I was on the right path before this challenge. Despite whatever anyone else might think, gazing out at nature is more valuable than getting too immersed in the self. Perhaps for those just starting out, it is useful to gaze into a mirror, but after ten months of the morning routine I have found the mirror meditation to be a tiresome and unnecessary addition to my life.
I also find many human interactions tiresome and unnecessary. (Sorry!) As Bob Klein has noted, “Usual human interactions, centered around issues of self-worth, control and power in a social sense, become bewildering to a person involved in spirit breathing. The purpose and benefit of such interaction becomes unclear when viewed from the perspective of the Body-Mind. This perspective does not include the idea ‘I am better than you because…’ It is a perspective of connecting and unifying rather than overpowering.” (Movements of Power, 75).
Nevertheless, here are the photos and descriptions as promised on 3/7. The setting: the sunroom of my beautiful historical house which will go on the market this Wednesday, via Cressy & Everett. The mirror: an antique hand mirror with a long handle inherited from my mom, Mary Somerville (Sept. 7, 1930–March 11, 2015).
The photos are here and I leave you to draw whatever conclusions you choose.
3 replies on “day five, free at last”
Sometimes the value is in retesting and setting things aside. I love you for trying and I’ve loved the posts… what’s the next step?
Sometimes the value is in retesting and setting things aside. I love you for trying and I’ve loved the posts… what’s the next step? And Happy Birthday! I have a small something for you which I will drop offthis week. Sending you good energy and a big hug!
Hi Elena, Thanks for the five-day mirror meditation challenge! The next step is simply returning to my ongoing efforts to live an ethical life, a life founded on the training of the mind and the involvement in a right livelihood. As Sangharakshita reminds us, “Experiences are preceded by mind, led by mind, and produced by mind. If one speaks or acts with a pure mind, happiness follows like a shadow that never departs.” What could be more inspiring than that?!