August 6th, 2008

laptop, geek, MacBook, bursting, breakout

Of Weight And Zen

So. Definitely time for me to lose some weight. I will be weighing myself sometime at the weekend (when I've been on diets in the past, I've found that weighing once a week works best) and trying to think of some exercise that doesn't involve putting weight on my foot. Hrm.

Of course, being me, I couldn't do this without throwing an odd idea into the mix. Principally, this time I'm going to try to help myself lose weight by the process of sitting very still.

A lot of things recently have pointed to the idea that I should take up regular meditation once again -- a practice I've had a few flings with at various points in my life so far. Bearing in mind (no pun intended) that the meditation practice that seems to suit me best is zazen, I'm going to start easing gently back into zazen practice over the next week or two.

The reason I battle with my weight is that I really like eating, plain and simple. Whether I need to or not, and whether I'm full or not. So, perhaps it's time to have another go at getting to the bottom of that -- and after all, one of the points of traditional Buddhist meditation is to understand better the nature of desire. So, with that rather loose connection, my plan is to kick into meditation and weight-loss at the same time, with a view to a bit of self-analysis.

Plus, of course, it's difficult to get to the fridge when you're in the lotus position.

If witterings about either meditation or weight-loss are going to perturb anyone on my flist, please leave a comment; I can always start filtering, or at lest lj-cutting.