This morning, 45 minutes of zazen, with a group on Zoom. The difference that sitting with others makes is quite staggering. It’s almost like a force-multiplier or super-power. Consequently, my mind wandered less in 45 minutes of group zazen than it currently does in a fraction of 30 minutes of sitting alone. And that, in itself, is clarifying. Because I know that, if I’m working towards anything, that for now it’s working to reduce the distraction and increase the discipline. I don’t think you can prevent thoughts arising entirely, but when I let each one pass by without a second thought, then I’ll be really ready to make progress. I’m a beginner again, which is what comes of not sitting for a while. And do you know what? It feels rather nice.