It’s been a while since I’ve posted. That’s because practices have just become part of daily routine and are no longer marked out as being anything special.
The edge of practice efforts is being mindful of automatic habits and emotional responses…then investigating them and sometimes influencing a change.
For example, while traveling I became aware of how much I craved a strong internet connection and felt lots of unhappiness when it wasn’t available. Using the questioning techniques described earlier it became apparent that the strong internet connection had a real world utility value but also represented or symbolized control of my world. Just that awareness of previously unknown view released the tension significantly. I still want a good internet connection but suffer much less when it is not available.
Life is more interesting and fun using these practices.