Welcome, Welcome, to your practice for Day #26.
I'm back on the cushion with you this fine morning as we continue to deepen into our theme for Week #4:: Contemplation.
I've had loads of fun this week drawing on unconventional sources to inspire our contemplative practice-- beginning with Yumi Sakugawa helping us invite our demons to tea, then with Bill Murray asking us "What is it like to be you?"
Today I continue the theme by invoking the wonderful weirdo and Queen of Everything, Yoko Ono, to inspire our practice.
Yoko Ono usually gets a bad rap for breaking up The Beatles.
Which, in my opinion, is the least interesting thing about her, and tends to swallow up the legacy of her magical mind.
In her book, Acorn, she presents us with playful koan-like instructions such as:
"Tape the sound of your friend ranting. Bury it in the ground on a snowy day."
"Take off your pants before you fight".
(The latter is just good advice.)
As well as the inspiration for today's practice, titled "Cleaning Piece V"
If you're a fan of traditional LovingKindness Meditation, this one is for you.
If you want to skip my introduction and get right to the action, you can forward the video to the 3 minute and 58 second mark.
Just grab a comfortable seat, and perhaps a pen + paper to capture your own insights after meditation, and click the video above.
As Queen Yoko says:
"Try whenever you remember to do it.
Try whenever you feel stressed out.
See what happens to your life."