Something that stymied me when I first started doing zazen was meditating with my eyes partially open. Here are some thoughts on why we do this and some things that have helped me.
When starting metta — lovingkindness — meditation practice, it’s helpful to start with someone easy to practice on first. A puppy fits this requirement perfectly! Here’s a story about a perfect first metta practice subject and a look at the question of whether lovingkindness practice actually works.
This is part of a post I wrote years ago that was saved to another website that I’m reclaiming and re-finishing. It’s a little reflection on how we can be thrown off by various “holes” in our lives and how we can climb back out of them.
One of my favorite podcasts on the subjects of Zen, Buddhism, or Meditation is The Zen Studies Podcast. Here’s my review.
It’s hard enough meditating without beating ourselves up for not doing it good enough!