Sitting

Sitting meditation is like returning home to give full attention to and care for ourselves. We sit upright with dignity and return to our breathing. We bring our full attention to what is within and around us. We let our minds become spacious and our hearts soft and kind. Like a peaceful image of the Buddha on the altar, we too can radiate peace and stability. The purpose of sitting meditation is to enjoy. Don’t try to attain anything.

Sitting meditation is very healing. We realize we can just be with whatever is within us – our pain, anger, and irritation, or our joy, love, and peace. We are with whatever is there without being carried away by it. Let it come, let it stay, then let it go. No need to push, to oppress, or to pretend our thoughts are not there. Observe the thoughts and images of our mind with an accepting and loving eye. We can free to be still and calm despite the storms that might arise in us.

If you experience discomfort in your sitting position, you can change it mindfully and quietly. After a short period of sitting meditation, there may be a session of walking slow meditation. You will be guided at that time on this practice.