sitting in silence for hours: path to liberation, or giant waste of time?
Not directly related to this particular article but I am in awe of how honest and vulnerable you are in your writing. Mad respect.
Well put my friend. I feel similarly, especially about the headless chicken-ness. My default is to try and fix things (either fix them in the world with actions or fix them in my head with justifying thoughts), but there are things that don't need to be (or can't be) fixed, and a lot of the times the constant striving for things to be different turns into this neurotic avoidance of just facing some passing discomfort. Meditation feels like my commitment to the deeper, stiller part of me which is okay even amidst the continual problems of life. I like the Alan Watts quote "Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone" and a quote by idk who "Don't just do something, sit there!"
“It works for me because I’ve never been energized by anxiety, anger, or stress. I’ve always just found those things suffocating. So I would like to have a better relationship with them, and also not feel them when they're completely unnecessary.” this!
I am definitely not energized by these things either and my regular morning and evening meditation of the past six months has really helped me let go of the self imposed portion of the clenched up headless chicken feel. thanks for speaking this way of meditation and the human condition!
i started meditating and im excited!
This is amazing, stillness can bring whatever we need in order to live a better life in peace & joy by being truly ourselves !💗