Sunday, February 27, 2011

Quiet Please

Jason and I have our 6.5 hour silent retreat today for our MBSR clinic.

We've been practicing meditation, mindful movement and yoga for 6 weeks and today is the ultimate test.

It's not really a test though, because the best thing about this school of thought is that there is no right, no wrong, no "supposed to be", there is just life as we live it this moment. Noticing distractions, thoughts, and feelings without judgement or harshness and kindly dismissing them.

Today we will spend 6.5 hours at the yoga studio practicing sitting meditation, walking meditation, body scans, mindful movement, and yoga with 15+ other people WITHOUT SPEAKING OR MAKING EYE CONTACT.

This should be an interesting, enlightening day.

It takes a lot of courage to sit quietly and calmly with yourself for any amount of time but this will be the ultimate challenge.

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