Adam chose the title of this post before I even had the chance to write it. It is oddly enough very appropriate. I had my second meditation class tonight and I am, in fact, feeling strangely fine. This is no small feat since I spent the better part of the past week wishing my face was scraped off with a lemon zester. Ok … so maybe I wasn’t that depressed, but Adam can attest to the fact that I was a bit blue.
So what does meditation have to do with all of this? Well … my therapist (yes, I am one of those people) recommended that I look into meditation as a way of calming myself and getting peace from within. I was highly skeptical, but intrigued. Therefore it took me five months to actually get my ass to a meditation session. As you all know from last week’s post, I left feeling rather decent about it until I was accosted by a crazy Fedex driver. I swear I do not have anything against delivery people or their vehicles. I just have issues with the way some of those people behave.
Tonight’s class was more challenging for me primarily because we had to practice mindful speaking and listening with a partner and I was really worried that my breath was terrible. I did get a lot out of the session. I learned about the five precepts. After learning about them, I think I might actually be a Buddhist. Why? Lets run them down shall we…
1. I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking life.
I have never killed anyone…and I don’t plan to. What’s more, I was vegetarian for five years and I am close to being one again. I like not killing stuff. It makes me happy.
2. I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking what is not given.
I don’t steal. I don’t embezzle. I even get uncomfortable if I accidentally take a pen home from work.
3. I undertake the training rule to abstain from sexual misconduct.
I don’t conduct in much sex these days, but I plan to again soon. When I do it will be consensual and with someone who is not intoxicated or a child. Done and done.
4. I undertake the training rule to abstain from false speech.
I do my damnedest to be honest and open, often to a fault. Ask some of my coworkers.
5. I undertake the training rule to abstain from fermented drink that causes heedlessness.
This is the most difficult one to say that I already follow. I think it is always a goal of mine to not become intoxicated, but goals aren’t always accomplished. However, I think that I can tackle this easily.
So, now that you know the five precepts, how Buddhist do you think you are? I already told Adam that he’s more Buddhist than me. Ask him yourself!