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Meditation Retreat: Day 7

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This is part of a multi-part posting about the 10 day Meditation Retreat I participated in. The names of the people I met have been changed, but for the most part, this is all as true as my biased and faulty memory can recall. I will not be describing the actual teachings/technique, not because I'm not allowed, but because I can't do them and you justice. If you would like to learn more about, you can go to Vipassana Meditation website

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The morning gong sounded off at 4am and I made it to the morning meditation. After my previous day, I was determined to make the most of my experience at camp. I was meditating pretty well. It seemed that we had all settled into this calm quietness of meditation and awareness. The one thing I could still hear about myself were my ankles cracking when I walked across the meditation hall to my cushion.

That day, I broke two rules.

As I was coming back from the bathroom during one of the breaks, Lana walked near me and said "You have got to stop making faces."

hah - I know I have a bad habit of doing this and I said to her "Yesterday, I thought I was going crazy. I was making faces at my coffee cup!"

And she said "I KNOW!"

we had to stop talking then before things got out of hand. It was really amazing to speak after 6+ days of silence, but I found it oddly disruptive. I wasn't going to feel too bad about it, since I hadn't said anything terrible but I resolved to not let it happen again (mainly by staying away from Lana).

Lunch that day was salad and beans with tortillas! It was the most exciting lunch I had there, because that meant Burritos! and I don't think I was the only one who got excited because there was also a huge tub of sour cream out.. and by the end of lunch that sucker had been hit pretty bad. I also was around to witness some of the largest burrito making attempts ever.

So it was an exciting day for everyone I guess. After lunch, I decided to treat myself to a shower, and that was when I broke the rules again. I had set up all my stuff in the shower stall when I saw one of those weird long legged flying bugs. It was steering badly around the walls and I didn't want to kill it, so when I turned the shower on, I angled the head away. but to no avail, eventually the bug flew into the water and got stuck on the floor. As I watched this insect get slowly swept towards the drain, I tried to pick it up. But there was no way to so it without snapping a leg off or something so I let it die. I felt bad about it, because if I had just swept the thing out of the shower before I turned the water on, it would have gone on to some other thing. Was there a metaphor for life in here somewhere?

Meditation went on and then the dinner break came up. I was outside drinking my tea when I saw Lana getting reprimanded by the female manager for talking. Nothing too harsh, but then I saw Tammy getting the same talk. weirdness. I hadn't seen them talking but I suppose it must have happened.

The day was largely uneventful and marked only by these small incidents. Though, it was rather exciting to think that we were almost done.


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