Ajahn regaled us with his usual wit and humour for the final time before the Rains Retreat. We look forward to his return in three months.
Ajahn used his stories and jokes to both relax us and move us to a more happy state of mind before leading us in a beginners meditation.
Ajahn used his stories to show us what we unconsciously do to ourselves all day, every day, especially when we are dealing with stressful situations and or health issues.
Following the meditation Ajahn talked about anxiety, relating it to his annual visit to the Cancer Clinic in Cottesloe. Ajahn explained to us that our anxiety is our own mind imagining what may, or may not, happen in the future. We focus our attention on our own “two bad bricks” to such an extent that we don’t see all the other perfectly laid bricks. We spend so much time trying to control our minds and being unkind to ourselves that we don’t see what’s good in life.
As Ajahn has said to us many times “Stop looking into the past, reliving bad things that have happened, or imagining a future that may never happen, and live in the moment”.