was just thinking about this discussion the other day, had a question i wanted to post but never got the chance to, so i'm very glad to see you've revived the discussion!
i like what you're working on! i've never thought about what state my muscles are in. very interesting...
i'm actually working on a couple of things but i keep having to jump up to check on the kids so i don't know if i'll be able to finish a thought here.
i'm working on examining my "story" about who i am and trying to push the boundaries that that story sets up for me. i'm questioning aspects of my personality i've heretofore considered fixed. (i posted about this in the GD forum as an aside to a poll i posted there but essentially i'm deliberately making myself uncomfortable by taking a stand sometimes and watching how i feel about that and what happens to those reactions. they usually just fade away.)
i've also been trying to be present in my daily parenting and experimenting with not having an agenda for the day. i find it's a much more enjoyable experience if i can respond to my kids requests and view the day as something to explore with them, rather than see it as a to do list with errands and chores to check off. plus, i get more of my chores done than i expect to, w/o the flack from the kids and the mental exhaustion i generate by resisting their demands and pushing them hither and yon. i do have to contend with the voices in my head that say that i should be in charge and i shouldn't let the kids set the agenda. they're very persuasive. but so far, they've been wrong!
dh really notices a difference in the mood of the kids when he comes home and in my mood and energy levels too.
now, the question i was going to post about was this: i went to a move a couple weeks ago, first in a long time. i knew this wouldn't be a good movie for me to see (since i've unplugged from media so much and since i've been meditating a while, i can't watch violent or emotionally dystonic movies without feeling just sick inside) but i have a huge crush on the star so i went anyway. it was identity with john cusack. lordy, i got snared by the plot and stayed til the end but i really felt sickened by the adrenaline rushes, the violent imagery and the character conflict. it really struck home for me the buddhist admonition about being careful what you allow into your consciousness. and i walked out of the theater feeling completely disheartened that this is entertainment in our culture and thinking that we are doomed as a society b/c we are raising a generation that by necessity must cut themselves off from their physical and emotional reactions in order to find such experiences entertaining.
do any of you other meditators find that you cannot experience such movies without feeling physically miserable or am i a complete lunatic? i seriously was thinking about moving to sweden or some remote corner of the world, at least until the effects of the movie wore off an hour or two later!
anyway, that's what's been on my mind, fwiw.