It’s a classic, really, and if you want to try it out, why not join me for thirty days of sitting? You can sit whenever you want, for however long you want, and in whatever style you like. (Although I do request if you choose to use the time to get yourself in tune with Great Cthulhu, you put in a good word for me.)
You don’t need to sign up for a daily email or follow a Twitter account or even tell me you’re going to do it. You just have to do it.
The only — and I mean only! — form of accountability is a daily check-in here:
You can fill the form in right here in this post; I’ve also made it a page here on the blog that you can bookmark and come back to.
If you want the nuts and bolts intro to meditation, Tara Brach’s (free!) one is marvellous. She’s an incredible dharma teacher dedicated to providing lots and lots of resources for free. If Buddhist meditation isn’t your thing, don’t worry; she’s not out to convert you, just give you a few ideas. If new ideas aren’t your thing — I think you may be at the wrong blog.
I know lots of us are feeling pushed to do something, right now, things are bad, and we have to fix them and oh my Dagon it’s just getting worse, we have to do something — and ’round and ’round we go and worse and worse we feel and less and less we do. And what we do may not be of the most helpful because we’re freaking the hell out and no-one thinks clearly when they’re freaking the hell out.
Take five minutes (or ten). Sit down (or don’t). Close your eyes (or don’t). Count your breaths (or don’t). And give yourself a chance to quiet the noise in your head and the noise coming at you and think of what the right thing, the appropriate thing, the helpful thing to do is. Maybe it’s showing up for a march and demonstration next Saturday. Maybe it’s knitting a bunch of hats for your friends who are going. Maybe it’s signing up to volunteer with the ACLU. Maybe it’s emailing your representative every day. Maybe it’s starting to “look for the helpers” so you know you’re not alone. Maybe it’s starting to work with your therapist to figure out how you can get yourself to a place where you can do one of those things without damaging yourself.
I’m not much of a cheerleader and I mean it when I say there are no emails or Tweets or anything associated with this. I might change up the graphics on the form — or I might not. But I do believe that sitting down to be quiet for five minutes a day can’t possibly hurt you or anyone else and it might help you.