Grace demonstrating how to do a prostration.
Okay, I don't really got 99 prostrations. But I did do 90 prostrations and chant the 3 refuges 99 times yesterday. I've been a little under the weather so I missed a couple of days doing the 30 prostrations and the 33 three refuges so my husband insisted on catching up.
"I just want to not be behind on one thing in my life," he said.
He's been super slammed at work, working something like 15+ hour days and there's no hope of catching up on any of it anytime soon. So if he could catch up on one thing, this little Buddha practice of ours, who was I to disagree?
And really, doing the 90 + 99 wasn't that bad. We talked about how it does clear your mind. If you're doing a physical action over and over again, your mind and body are both concentrated on doing that motion. If you are chanting three sentences in a foreign language over and over again, the only thing you can think about is which word comes next.
"It was the first time today that I wasn't worrying about this case."
I think having us do these prostrations and chants is a sneaky way of showing us how useful daily practice is in your life. Whether it's sitting in meditation for 15 minutes a day, or doing 15 minutes of prostrations, or chanting for 15 minutes …. it's 15 minutes of your day that your brain isn't worrying about your problems.
And I like that.
(Hope you enjoyed the video of my three-year-old daughter imitating my prostrations. I like how she really commits to it.)