Lately I've been investigating why I sit, also known as meditation.
Why are we encouraged to sit?
What are we doing all this for?
And I realised that I sit because I enjoy the process of coming home, to myself. The slow steady process of drawing inward is such a gift to me, such a delight (most days!) and a 'must do' for most days. It's a must do because I do feel the benefit, I feel calmer, lighter, more anchored, but most important for me is I am more able to listen to the faculty of "conscience/intuition & heart", the holy 3.
How can I listen to those 3 if the path toward them isn't familiar? If the road isn't worn? With the practice of sitting, I get to become so connected, really up close and cozy with those 3 until referring to them becomes one of the first things I do.
Hmmm, but not all the time. Because I am human, I will make mistakes. Life gives us lots of opportunities to practice right?
For years, mostly in my teens and 20's I did. not. sit. still. I was busy. I had phones ringing (land and mobile!), many social plans with often two running at the same time, commonly running late, I was dating a few guys (some at the same time!), I was spending and having a huge amount of fun.
What I wasn't doing was being intentional about any of it. I was like a leaky boat, I was spraying my energy, my attention, my money, my love, everywhere. Commonly known as leaking prana! Whoosh, like a hose gone wild! And I wondered why I often felt so damn tired. Yes, go figure!
Then Yoga came onto the scene and the process of slowing down and being intentional began. The seed was planted in that first Ashtanga class I took, all those many years and moons ago.
So I sit, on purpose.
I sit so I can come from the best possible place.
I sit so I can find the best way forward.
I sit because I want to be the best possible person I can be.
Do you sit? If yes, I'd love to know why?