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Commit To Sit February 1, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Meditation, Mindfulness.

In the silence between  thoughts, we enter the eternal now. 

As we breathe, stress recedes.  We just are.  

And we realize that just being is enough.  We don’t need to get caught up in the daily dramas that surround us. 

It is enough to just be.

Here.  Now.

The benefits of  meditation linger long after we arise from each session, awake, alert, and aware.  

* ”What are you ~ a god, an angel, a saint?” 

* “No,” replied The Buddha, “I am A-W-A-K-E.”

We are calmer with greater clarity, inner peace,  and contentment.  We re-enter the flow of life.  We reclaim the power within.

To get started, just commit to sit.  And breathe. 

Join the 28-day meditation challenge starting . . . NOW!  (Of course.) 

Week One: The Breath * Week Two: The Body * Week Three: Emotions and Hindrances * Week Four: Thoughts

From Tricycle ~ Awake In The World:

Good luck, and remember: this is a challenge. It is a structured four-week program intended to give you a taste of the benefits of intensive meditation training.

Everyone will struggle to follow the program perfectly. Do not let missed meditation sessions or broken vows discourage you. Just return to the practice.

As Sharon Salzberg often tells her students, it’s the coming back that deepens our practice.

It is in the doing that we become. 



C’mon . . .

Don’t just do something!  Sit there. 

Just Be * Be Here Now * Let it be * Be true to yourself * Be unique * Be Free * Dare to be different * Be Yourself * Don’t worry, be happy *Do less.  Be more.

Related Posts:  28-day meditation challenge (Blue Lotus Cafe) * Meditation 101 * The Inner Path to PeaceBe Here Now * Mindfulness: A Miracle Drug * Your Brain On BlissBeginner’s Yoga 1~2~3Day 3 (Blue Lotus Cafe)


1. Paula Tohline Calhoun - February 1, 2011

For a long time I quit “meditating,” because I was under the mistaken impression that I must “clear my mind” and empty it of thought in order to “just be.” If I wasn’t thinking, I found myself thinking about the fact that I wasn’t thinking! 😀 Later I came to realize that the thoughts that came to mind during periods of meditation were my ally, and these quiet times allowed me to focus without outside interference upon the things that my God most wanted me to hear!

Meditation and Prayer have become the most helpful, liberating, and creative parts of each day.

nrhatch - February 1, 2011

I find that even when I’m not “meditating,” the mindfulness remains and adds clarity to every moment as it unfolds before me.

Thanks, PTC!

Paula Tohline Calhoun - February 1, 2011

It is interesting that the clarity on certain things remains, and even intensifies as time goes by; while at the same time, those thoughts that are “unfruitful” fade away.

nrhatch - February 1, 2011

I just read a study that shows meditation actually changes the physical structure of the brain in positive ways ~ it creates more positive pathways.

Instead of using the habitual pathways that cause us to become depressed and stressed, it creates new pathways (shortcuts) to peace, happiness, and inner contentment.

And the changes appeared on MRIs in as short as 8 weeks! Very cool.

2. Cindy - February 1, 2011

OK, I’m going to do this!

nrhatch - February 1, 2011

Excellent! Of all the decisions I’ve made in my life, starting a meditation practice is one of the BEST.

The time commitment is small and the returns are GRAND!

Be Here Now.

Paula Tohline Calhoun - February 1, 2011

Great, Cindy! If you have a hard time, as i did, in clearing your mind, then don’t resist the thoughts that come, just focus on the one that holds your attention, and the relaxation and focus will follow! I know you will love this!

I remember an old quote that goes something like this:

I didn’t have time to pray (meditate), so I went through my day and found it crowded and unmanageable. On the days i took the time to meditate (pray), my days went moothly and were productive. i realized then that i didn’t have time NOT to meditate/pray! (That’s the gist of the quote, anyway! – It points out that if you start and end your days [and even during], you life folds out in a fluid pattern, and you are able to concentrate on what’s important, and not get distracted by extraneous thoughts and projects.)

Hope you find this a meaningful and worthwhile addition to your day – especially now that you have your new job with its daily demands.

XOXO Paula

nrhatch - February 1, 2011

The more mindful we become . . . the clearer the path as it unfolds before us.

Thanks, Paula.

3. clarbojahn - February 1, 2011

I just wrote a post on my path with meditation. It’s not ready to publish yet but I’m going to link to this one if that’s OK. This seems like an answer to my struggle and my post. Count me in!

nrhatch - February 1, 2011

Please do link with this post.

And enjoy the challenge ~ sitting in silence is a remarkable way to recharge our batteries and de-toxify our thoughts.

4. souldipper - February 1, 2011

Great, Nancy – good for you for rallying the troops. No better thing in the world to DO, but BE.

nrhatch - February 1, 2011

It’s not only the best part of my day ~ it’s the part that makes all the other parts better as well.

5. Booksphotographsandartwork - February 1, 2011

I really can’t imagine doing this even though I hear that it is quite good for you. I think I would either fall asleep or go stir crazy. My mind would most certainly be awash in thoughts.

nrhatch - February 1, 2011

You’re absolutely right, but only at first. With practice, your thoughts slow down and clarity emerges.

6. Brown Eyed Mystic - February 2, 2011

The benefits of meditation. . . it’s an ever-green topic.

On that note, I just wanted to tell you I am considering visiting The Vipassana Center in April. Vipassana Centers are located all over the world and the founder tours different countries to teach the students the act of silent meditation. Vipassana is tough to keep up with especially since it’s 10 days long and disallows any speech or contact with outside world.

In Victoria, it’s located in Healesville near Melbourne. Have you heard of it?


nrhatch - February 2, 2011

I have heard of it, but don’t know much more than what you’ve shared.

I like the idea of no contact with the outside world, but don’t know if I could keep my mouth shut of 10 days. Sometimes it’s hard to keep quiet for 10 minutes. 😀

If you go, please let us know more about your experiences.

7. nrhatch - February 4, 2011

Debra has posted a perfect quote on Blue Lotus Cafe today:


The end of the quote:

“We’re stronger because we not only see more but also see more clearly. When your attention is diffused, it’s like a broad, weak beam of light that doesn’t reveal much. Concentration brings the weak beam down to a single, sharply focused, supremely bright, exponentially more illuminating point.” Sharon Salzburg, Real Happiness

Yes. That’s exactly it. Meditation allows me to see the world as it is more clearly.

8. heartcomplex - February 8, 2011

Very nice! loving the wise words!

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