Why do we sit?

We sit not to achieve some particular experience or state, we sit to learn each day to face our own life, our fear, our greed, our difficulty and our beauty, with an open heart. To cultivate wisdom and compassion within this life that has been given to us. To rest in the presence of life itself.

When we sit in meditation each day, we are taking a seat right at the centre of our lives. We take this time to simply be, as we are in that moment. Regardless of the many reasons one might ‘want’ to meditate, striving is an obstacle to the practice itself. As a teaching tool I often entice students to hang in there with their practice, stating the many benefits we may cultivate through prolonged practice. Yet when there is effort, striving, trying, we are no longer in the being mind, but back in the doing mind that occupies most of our lives.

When we sit, we are just sitting. We cultivate an openness to what arises there in the moment, setting aside our preferences and tendencies of aversion and wanting things to be other than they are. We do not sit to achieve some particular experience or state, we sit to learn each day to face our own life, our fear, our greed, our difficulty, our beauty… With an open heart. To cultivate wisdom and compassion within this life that has been given to us. To rest in the presence of life itself.

Happy meditating.

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