I guess i am slightly nervous before this serving, as a couple of my friends are attending the retreat after hearing from me the benefits of insight meditation in our daily lives. It would have been easier if we all sat in the retreat as participants on 'noble silence', but now I am concerned that I may affect their meditation practice as they would most likely come to me with their emotional past or future ... I guess a good rapport with the assistant teacher would help me to get through such encounters, but I would like to learn more from Ben about always trying to maintain awareness of vedana (sensation) somewhere on the body.
I am slowly cultivating this awareness of sensations in my day-to-day living and interactions. Particularly, when I meet relatives or friends going through troubling times, I have an even more heightened awareness of the sensations coursing through my body and I am aware that my words often aim to reflect the dhamma's law of impermanence. That whatever state we are experiencing now, it's going to obey the law of impermanence.
Sometimes, friends or relatives would ask? "Well, when will this end? When will I be free from it?"
How do you respond to that???
My common response is the dhamma prayer below in my 'signature'... sometimes, it brings about a
in them, but oftentimes, I guess it makes em feel like this ...
there's gotta be an easier solution out there!
In the environment of the retreat, I hope I could attain a breakthrough of being an amateur 'counsellor' so-to-speak...