The seat is always waiting.
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It's never too late to begin sitting quietly. You're not too old, overweight, inflexible, unhealthy, busy or stressed to sit down and stop doing for a few minutes everyday.
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And I'll be honest: it's hard! It's hard to put this damn phone down; it's hard to sit still; it's hard to stop DOING and practice BEING...and what does 'being' even really mean? For me it's about shedding--however momentarily, all the things that make me, me. I set down my issues with other people and myself, I set down my fears and anxiety of living and dying, I set down my personality (which we all know is simultaneously natural and constructed and also kind of exhausting), I set down my things and my bank accounts and my friends and family and I just allow myself to be a breathing and heart-beating animal for a little bit.
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Each morning I have a barometer from which to start experiencing my day and life anew. It's a simple but now important activity. I pause and acknowledge the newness of this day, mind and heart. It's like a wiping clear of the slate that was yesterday and everything before.
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Some Tips:
-start small. This is hard and it asks us to be patient with ourselves. If you're totally new to sitting, try 3-5 minutes sitting still and quietly. Watch your breath.
-Dont't call it "meditation." That word can put unnecessary pressure on you to arrive at some state. The point and practice is the daily activity of stopping and going inward. Maybe your mind will be racing and reeling your whole sit. Thats okay. Just keep going and be a witness noticing what comes up in those few minutes.
-keep it simple. If you're human you already have enough stress and complexity in your life. Keep this practice simple and absolutely free of judgment and expectation.... well, at least do your best.
-lastly, find a regular time and place to sit down as much as you can. This is about creating a new healthy and positive habbit. Reinforce it by creating ritual and consistency. Plants need water and sunlight to grow. Nourish the routine.
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Okay! That's it! You're ready to begin. Today, maybe even right NOW is the perfect time to begin!

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