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Tea for Two

Well, I must say that I'm glad I did end up going out for tea. I had a really nice time and thoroughly enjoyed the company. He even treated me, which was nice. I left the tip which was definitely the better end of the bargain. We really just sat there and chatted while we drank our tea and then walked up University Avenue before I headed off to class. To be honest, I wasn't expecting to have such a good time and I'm glad that my expectations were wrong. So, I think I may have very well made a new friend today!

My migraine also went away part way through the tea drinking. I couldn't tell you exactly when it went away but I was very glad that it did. I must be doing something right because they are getting less and less intense and also lasting much less time than they used to.

Class was also awesome. Our tutor, who is also a buddhist monk from Sri Lanka, was the guest speaker today. I've heard him speak before in another class I took and I find him quite fun to listen to. He's got a great sense of humour and just a really neat personality. Besides, how often do you get to have a real monk teach you how to meditate? Okay, so probably a lot if you go to a temple but you know what I mean. He led the whole class in a short 10-15 minutes meditation session and it was really neat. I could tell that my bit of practice with meditation helped me when I head many of the other students fidgetting and adjusting in their seats part way through. I was able to sit comfortably still for the whole meditation and actually managed to keep my mind fairly focused. I only caught my mind wandering a few times which is really good for me. He also gave us "homework" or rather told us what our homework would be if we were buddhist students. He said that we should take a notebook with us the next day and write down every thought that comes to our mind. He also said that we'd probably run out of room by the end of the day! hehehe That was exactly what I'd been thinking too. He told us that this is a way for us to see how busy our mind is and that most of the thoughts are negative. That is one of the purposes of meditation; to control the mind and reduce the negative thoughts. I'm tempted to give it a try actually, see what I get.

After class, I went with one of the other students over to the library to copy some of the readings that we have to do. There was so much of it that it ended up taking a good part of an hour to get it all done! We made one copy there and I'm going to scan/copy mine from my printer in order to save some money. We're just splitting the cost of the one set of copies that way since I've already paid for the paper I have at home. I love my printer!!
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Wow, being led in a meditation by a Buddhist Monk must have been cool! Did he have any particular kind of technique for the non-meditators in the class?

I'm glad your tea date went well. ;)
It was really cool. He did a guided meditation for the whole class and I think it was pretty basic as far as technique goes so that anyone could potentially benefit from it. Of course, a few people fell asleep but I think that was to be expected.

I am also glad the tea date went well. It's always nice to be surprised! ;)