I hurt my right knee several weeks ago and it doesn't feel good.
This isn't the first time I've felt pain in the right knee. It's an old injury. Some years ago, a skilled physical therapist gave me an exercise that, when done consistently, keeps the knee pain-free.
And there's the rub: consistency.
After several years with no pain, I sorta slacked-off in recent months. And, guess what? The pain has returned.
Why is it so hard to practice consistently, whether a simple knee exercise or a simple mind exercise?
Since the pain returned, I've watched myself resist meditating in a chair. In truth, I'd rather not sit at all, than sit in a chair. Stubborn, just plain stubborn. Holding onto some prideful idea about my practice. Holding onto another mind-hindrance, as if it made a difference.
So tomorrow, I'll start sitting in a chair. Now that hurts!
Father and daughter sitting outside a coffee shop in Philadelphia's Italian Market.