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Feb 15: Letting Go of Thoughts March 3, 2012

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It was easy for me to get concentrated and still at the start of my sit this morning, without really trying very hard. After a few minutes, however, my mind started to wander, and I relied on my familiar mindfulness of breathing phrases to come back to my breath.

During my sit, I was caught up in planning another writing project, and it took quite a bit of effort to let to of the thoughts. I could sense how much I was energizing my thinking by getting excited about the project and planning it from all different angles. I had to tell myself that I could let it go and come back to it later.

By the end of my sit I became quite drowsy and was starting to nod off. When the bell went off at the end of my sit, I was trying to figure out why my hand made a random twitch.

Before my sit, I spent some time at the gym and then went for a run on the track. It was nice to go from the noise of the busy gym to the silence of an empty track surrounding an empty gym. I purposefully didn’t bring my music player, so all I could hear was the sound of my breath and my shoes hitting the track.

Later today I went for a walk outside and tried to focus on my steps and the present moment. I wasn’t able to stay in the present for very long before thoughts started arising in my mind and taking me away in stories. Usually I can stay quite mindful of my surroundings when I’m outdoors.

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