Every morning, from 09:00-09:45, we come together to sit. Part of the gathering is guided meditation and during the other part, we sit in silence. We call it a 'Silent Sit'. We sit in silence to discover silence. We sit to get to know ourselves.
As meditation, silence, and getting to know yourself might be very new to you, we would like to introduce this morning practice.
Why do we sit?
We are all looking for lasting happiness, ease, or peace of mind. Some call it love, some call it freedom, and some call it flow. Let’s summarize it as a sense of unconditional peace.
In our daily mode to find this peace, we are often focused on our thoughts, our emotions, and all the circumstances in our lives. We try to find peace in these experiences and we get identified with them. All our attention goes into the content of our lives.
But the nature of experiences is that they come and go. No experience is lasting, however good or bad it may be. So how can we find lasting peace and happiness in something that is temporary?
In the Silent Sit, we will first invite you to break away from our habitual pattern of focusing on the content. We start noticing the ground, sensing the breath, and connecting to our body as a whole. This already gives a sense of ease and rest.
Then the invitation is to allow the flow of content to take place. Not suppressing our experience, not clinging to it, or trying to alter it. Fully allow the content to unfold without any reservations. Like Papaji said beautifully: