“Sometimes you need to sit lonely on the floor in a quiet room in order to hear your own voice and not let it drown in the noise of others.”
~ Charlotte Eriksson
Sitting With The World – my favourite practice …
As you sit, just sit with the world, with whatever is there, all of the arisings and passings away in your mind, body, and environment. As you notice sights and sounds, thoughts and feelings, memories and anticipations, relax into them. Relax your mind and body. Actively do nothing. Make no efforts. Just sit, just be, at least for now.
Let go of all of the things that frantically direct your day-to-day existence: me, him, her, past, future, plans, desires, aversions, hopes, goals, concerns, anticipations, fears, everything. Don’t grasp at any of these things, don’t resist any of them. Just sit with whatever is there. Things naturally settle this way, and the mind comes to peace.
The mentality is this. There is nowhere that you need to go, nothing that you need to achieve, no one that you need to be. Those ideas are illusions, fabrications of the mind. You are complete and whole where you are, just sitting with the world.
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A perfect storm of circumstance combined with overload, trauma and other stressors entered my life thirty odd years ago. With circumstances unable to be changed for quite some time, my body did the only thing it knew how to do. I became quite ill and anxiety was one of many symptoms associated with that illness. Now living with a chronic condition, meditation became a welcome part of my life. The whole experience led to an interest in finding ways of living more skilfully. The practice goes on …
“Anxiety was born in the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn to live with it — just as we have learned to live with storms.”
~ Paulo Coelho