Armchair style bench
A brisk sunny afternoon bench
Walking along the street yesterday I spotted a group of youngsters eating their lunch on a bench beside the road. Much tweeting and rustling going on as well as laughter. There is nothing like sitting on a long bench with friends, perhaps with a bag of chips to warm ones hands. Memories of sitting on a park bench beside Derwent Water in the Lake District. Vegi Pasties I seem to remember, with hot tea to wash it down with. It was a grand monks day outing!
Park benches can be a great place to take a moment to be still, to regroup, settle and then move on. There is always a place to sit however making the time to do that is not so easy. Deciding to stop at a bench, or wall, to sit4amo while on a mission is a huge ask of oneself. Walking has a momentum, missions have a press to complete, arriving on time is important.
I’m finding the pre-arrangement to sit at 5.00 pm each day this month a great help. I know that I am committed to stop then and even if it’s just one minute that’s fine. The momentum of activity and the press to finish a task are eclipsed by my greater intention to simply stop.
See Meditation Mantra – #still4amo for background information.
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David just pledged his commitment to Sit4amo at 5p.m. too! This is such a great idea!
Gosh Karen we are over six of us now. This thing could take over the world!
I’m just noticing that all park benches are not born equal. Meaning I’m seeing differences in design in the two green metal ones I have posted pictures of. I’ll have to sneek up on a few more around where I am and see what else I can find.
Molehills across the frosted grass…
I have an idea for an article.
Let’s go for it. Why not?!
I’m loving how, when my phone alarm goes off at 4.55, I think ‘What on earth’s this?’ and then I remember, and find somewhere to pause. It’s excellent.
There I am, working on a carving; total concentration as has been the case all afternoon. Then at 5-00 pm, without a prompt, “Jade Mountains” comes to mind so I put my rasp/file to one side and sit in my battered old swivel chair.
I didn’t time it but a minute or so had clearly past. Time to move on to the next thing, – make a brew then re-assess the work so far.
I hadn’t set out to “sit for a mo” but it happened anyway. Does #sit4amo have a default setting I wonder? Let’s see what happens tomorrow.
Now that’s rather interesting. Let’s see what happens tomorrow….
what that article might be about….?
this works for you Chris. I’m keeping up the discipline myself. This evening I had to pull over into a layby…
4-55 pm and I remembered. Put down mallet and chisel and sat in old swivel chair.
Tomorrow I’m dog-sitting, THAT could be interesting. All that dog wants to do is play.