I sat outside, for the first time. Perfect weather.
I did not use a thick cushion, just a bit of padding. My legs were numb, but less uncomfortably so for the duration than before.
Towards the end, I glanced at the timer. I allowed it without criticising myself. I didn't make the whole 30 minutes, but I allowed that too.
Here is what went through my mind at one point:
"My legs are uncomfortable."
"That was a thought. Don't think."
"But I should remember that I am not the discomfort in my legs."
"I'm thinking again...notice my breath instead."
"But I am not my breath."
"So who am I, then?"
A little while later, I started to read the copy of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind that I just got. In the intro, I read:
"The practice of Zen mind is beginner's mind. The innocence of the first inquiry - what am I? - is needed throughout Zen practice."
Just kind of interesting to share.