Dealing with the Body
When I first started attending services at Still Point, I approached daily practice with my achievement mind. My achievement mind thinks there are things that I should do and it creates a lot of stress and drama around the doing and not doing of those things. I was very hard on myself for not sitting every day, and during rushed mornings when I'd overslept and needed to be getting ready for work, I'd rush to the cushion with my body still stiff from being inactive during sleep and I'd try to tough it out.
I call this sitting cold.
We all have a certain discomfort that replays itself when we meditate. Sometimes the discomfort is mild, other times severe. My particular discomfort was (and still can be) pain and discomfort in the legs. At times my legs would be so sore after meditation that I found it hard to get off the floor... so painful during meditation that they were the only things on which I could focus my attention.
For the past two mornings I've made the point to get a gentle yoga practice in before sitting. The particular program I'm doing is Rodney Yee's AM yoga program (part of the Living Arts AM/PM/Stress Relief Yoga DVD) Update: This is an old DVD program and it is no longer available for purchase. It has been repackaged as AM/PM Yoga (Stress Relief Sold Separately). It is like a little magic for my leg pain problem. I find that I sit more comfortably after warming up my body. That particular program seems to have all of the right leg and hip stretches for me.
Do you have any particular nagging discomforts when you meditate? Have you found ways to deal with them?