I woke up feeling congested. When I sat down to meditate, my nostril whistled like a kettle begging for attention.
I sat with it for a minute, thinking about Pema Chödrön’s words on removing discomfort:
“Scrambling for security has never brought anything but momentary joy. It’s like changing the position of our legs in meditation. Our legs hurt from sitting cross-legged, so we move them. And then we feel, “Phew! What a relief!” But two and a half minutes later, we want to move them again. We keep moving around seeking pleasure, seeking comfort, and the satisfaction that we get is very short-lived.”
― Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart
I tried to focus on the air getting through instead of the force required; the air in my lungs and not the blockage in my nostril.
Then I asked the question: “How is blowing my nose not the dharma?” How is removing this impediment any different than labeling a thought as “thinking” and letting it pass?
I got up, blew my nose, and sat back on the cushion.
I’m not sure if it was the correct response, but I made the decision and moved on.
And isn’t a point of mindful attention to not dwell on things, but to try and see them as they are?
Sometimes a booger is an invitation to practice patience, and sometimes it’s snot.