I look at the date and the number 16 comes up twice. 16 strikes a common chord when we were asked to fill an assessment form on how meetings were conducted in the last few days. In my assessment I calculated that it’s a 16 hour day (much too much) which includes sadhana, the spiritual regiments of the day. This morning sadhana, from 4 AM to 9 AM, can be rigorous when you consider the battle that is to be taken in fighting off temptations, distractions, and mental offenses, requiring several additional hours to labour through. Then you have hours of presentations which requires hearing attentiveness in a sit down format.
We did have the joy of interactive team building ventures which require a bit of moving about from one end of the room to the next. For the most part, all is held in one room. Cumulatively, it gets nauseous doing little physical work for five days in a row.
Perhaps I sound like I’m complaining. A good monk would not stoop so low. Okay, so I’m a bad monk, but I’d like to suggest some change. In the five days here we covered too much territory, so much so that in the end, very little stays in the head. If topics discussed are more thematic and we deal with less issues, that might be a better option.
And you know, you can’t help talking to friends between meetings. That means meetings between meetings.
Dear God, what a good walk can do to balance all the table and chair discussions, and the information overload. I look forward to tomorrow when the meetings are over.
May the Source be with you!