Does it seem to you that everywhere you turn your attention, there is some level of chaos? The world we are living in is at once volatile, unpredictable, chaotic, and ambiguous (VUCA). It is taxing on our nervous systems, and keeps us in a state of low grade stress. This low grade stress can wreak havoc on our immune systems, as well as our ability to be patient and kind. If you feel this way, please know that you are not alone. Also know, there is a simple thing you can do to begin to experience more stability, certainty, simplicity, and clarity.
What is this simple, free, accessible remedy? Sitting in silence.
Sitting in silence is the antidote to living in the modern world.
The outer world is crowded, and noisy, which makes the inner world that much more inviting. The inner world is spacious and quiet, allowing you to connect with your Self, and the ever expanding awareness that rests inside of you. This awareness is an endless wellspring of source energy, the nature of which is calm and peaceful. This wellspring is always there. All you need to do is direct your attention towards it.
“The mind is truly fickle. But, it frequents places familiar to it. Therefore, show it often the delight of the experience of the Self.” - Janeshwar Maharaj
The results of meditation practice are cumulative.
The more you cultivate this habit, the deeper the peace, the longer it is sustainable, the more mental clarity you can experience. If you are new to meditation, it may take a while to feel the mind emptying. That’s ok. There is no end game here. It takes as long as it takes. Just begin with a sense of curiosity and watch your mind at work.
How to begin:
1. Find a time that is suitable for you to sit in silence for 2 minutes.
2. Set a timer, and just sit. Not daydreaming, not planning, not rehearsing a conversation, not engaging with your thoughts. Simply sit, observing your mental activity with detachment.
3. Each time you engage with the thoughts, redirect your attention to your breath. In time, space will begin to open up between the thoughts. Moments of silence will stretch, and a deeper peace will start to settle in.
4. When the timer goes off, get up and return to your activities. 5. When you begin to desire a longer sit, add a minute. Grow your practice slowly, tending to it like the little baby sprout that it is, and let it grow organically.
6. Resist the urge to set any unrealistic goals for yourself.
That's it! Just sit!
With love and care for your wellbeing,