day 6

Sanzen, followed by a 30-minute sit. I’m using the studio in the garden. It sounds obvious, but finding a quiet spot for zazen is very helpful. At the moment, I’m sitting on a chair as the presence of a back rest helps me, even though I don’t lean on it too much. Soon I will start to introduce some zafu sitting. In the right position, that can feel like quite hard work, and I struggle a bit with circulation to my legs. I tend to avoid putting too much weight on my legs and instead rely more on my spine, which isn’t the usual way. Even so: pins and needles. Consequently, a 30-minute sit tends to be followed by a 5-minute lie-down, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. Perhaps it doesn’t matter – lying meditation is a thing too.