This body is of the nature to sicken. Sickness is unavoidable.
This morning, after about a half an hour of anapanasati i began to realize that mind kept returning to certain unskilfull themes and our would be best if i exercised done Right Effort and attempted to prevent their arising and gathering more strength. The Five Subjects for Frequent Recollection have been a mainstay of my practice for some time but rarely have i done more than chant them before meditation or reflect upon them throughout the day. I have never spent time in seated meditation working with then until today and, one i remembered that they were not to be used as mental mallets with which to pummel myself, they began to do the work of centering the mind.
As the days go by, i realize how important bhavana is for my practice and, even when i am unable to do my 108 prostrations because i am sick (like today) i have come to the conviction that i simply can’t do without my morning and evening seated practice. Why? Because without it, reflections on the nature of life, on the Dhamma just can’t find their way in.
May we all practice diligently and develop our hearts.