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Why I Hate The Word “Meditation”

I hate the word meditation because it has been exploited by institutions/lineages/teachers to push the agendas or beliefs they think to be ‘the truth for everyone’. …

Or…. to ask for money they would like to charge.

For example, a center in downtown New York City asked me for 1500 dollars three years ago to give me private instruction.

I hung up the phone and forgot about them.

Still other groups impose rituals that need to be learned.  None of that is necessary.

All of that is just more things to add… Do this, learn this, chant this, fill this bowl.

Now, for some people that might work.  But as per me…

I PREFER TO CALL IT “SITTING IN SILENCE”, BECAUSE:

– it’s real
– is less pompous
– is doable
– There is nothing to do, learn, or understand
– There is only silence
– and I like it because it works,
– because it is in the silence that we learn what the next step is for us

AND…

Sitting in silence in a society that is completely out of balance  -i.e.: constantly rushing- silence becomes revolutionary.

Why? because it reverses the tendency to look for things out there, and sends us in the right direction. Within Here. Into the presence of this moment. Where things are real.

There is nothing to do.. there is nothing to prove… or learn…

There is everything to let go of… and everything to un-learn.

I’VE MADE A VIDEO SO WE CAN SIT TOGETHER

Sitting with another may help you “stay put” for the whole 20 minutes. It is important to not move for the pre-determined duration.  Whatever time we decide to gift ourselves with, it’s key to respect it.

So here, you can use this video to sit with me.

It’s just 20 minutes, not too long, and a very good start.

 [CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO]

Starting with 20 minutes a day gives a good start.  Eventually we can extend the time.

I’ve been sitting for one hour a day for a long time now, ever since an Eastern medicine practitioner recommended it.

Yes, one hour. Every day.

I find it to be a sacred space and my sacred time.

THE RITUAL BUILDS THE PRACTICE

And just like with the yoga poses, it is the ritual that builds the practice.

The magic is in the ritual.

If one day you do not feel like it, you could just sit for 10 seconds…. or use a relaxation tape for 30 minutes… or if really tired, even lay down… always with the idea to return to the cushion… always with the aim to sit.

Why sit?  Because in sitting the spine has the best setting to aid in our spiritual development.  In other words, the odds are in our favor to clear the mind without dosing off.

In sitting down we can more clearly observe, as we sit, over time, details.  For example:

– How we are breathing
– Which nostril is more active
– What is our stomach feeling
– What intuitions we are getting
– What do we need to do to heal

The ritual builds the practice, and the practice brings the answer to all those questions and makes us pay attention to details.

That is how we come out of a practice with a sharper attention, and become more efficient and calm.

I invite you to try it, because you will notice the benefits in your own nervous system, body and mind.

Especially in a month like December, give yourself a break…

Enjoy the silence.

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