“Reflective Meditation puts the pause on sensory overload. The simple, but not easy, act of laying down or sitting still without seeking external input takes practice. Your eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind may still be sensing, but you won’t be ‘heaping’ it on.”
When you decide to meditate, you have choices.
Meditate on your own: Sit silently for 20-30 minutes and journal afterwards. Try a 20 minute meditation prompt / guided meditation.
Meditate on your own with others: Join an online group – Tuesday from 6-7:30pm PST or Thursday from 5-6:30pm PST. We start with a short dharma talk, then turn off the audio and camera to each sit on our own for thirty minutes. After a short time for reflection, we come back and talk about the experience together.
Meditate with others in person: We have friendships with teachers and/or sanghas in Seattle, Bellevue, and Spokane WA. In Portland, OR. In Berkeley, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, San Diego, and Santa Monica CA. In Ann Arbor MI. In Wellington and New Plymouth, New Zealand. In Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Alice Springs AU. In London.
QUIRKYALONE: It’s really a word, in the Urban Dictionary:
n. a person who enjoys being single (or spending time alone) and so prefers to wait for the right person to come along rather than dating indiscriminately; relishing equal doses of solitude and friendship; attracted to freedom and possibility. Also adj.: The condition of being equally at home with singledom and being in a healthy relationship, undivided, whole. Of, relating to, or embodying quirkyalones.
Although it pertains to being (or not being) in a relationship, I think we could ‘take it up’ as a meditator’s word and add it to Nelly’s Glossary. How would you define it?