It’s a good thing I didn’t make any hard and fast new year’s resolutions this year or I’d already be disappointing myself with the fact that I am in bed with a very bad cold. A painful cold in fact, the kind that makes the throat and lungs groan with each sniffle and cough.
I haven’t been sick for over a year, and I’d forgotten how debilitating garden-variety illnesses can be, how quickly the body can be taken hostage by aches and exhaustion — but here I am, flat on my back on a day I am supposed to be working, listening to the rain on the skylights above me.
And I have to admit that even though I am physically uncomfortable, another part of me loves the indulgence of staying in bed for a day or two with books and music on my computer and a chance to practice some lying-down meditation as well. It doesn’t hurt that I have a clean and lovely room to rest in, plus my awesome nurse-husband who is not working until next week and is an awesome caretaker during these rare times of sickness.
At the moment, I am listening the album Light by Arvo Part, Gregorio Allegri & Veljo Thomas – and am wound up in two books: Denial of Death by Ernest Becker and A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki which I will expound more on at a later date. Suffice to say for now that both books are offering me perspective on some of my current philosophical interests, which is deeply satisfying.
I have decided to start the new year on this blog by posting a series of meditative reflections that comprised my final paper for last semester – the work I completed while at Rivendell Retreat in the first week of December. Though I have not received my final grade on the paper, it feels like the time to release it into the wild with the hope that it provides some insight into what a very early meditative path looks like for someone who is fundamentally secular.
Though it’s not entirely related, this news item caught my eye this morning – and it’s this type of study that first piqued my interest in meditation when I was writing about neuroscience innovation in the winter/spring of 2013: Study reveals gene expression changes with meditation
Now if you’ll excuse me I am going to return to convalescing. Hope your holidays were great and you’re on good footing for the new year!