Zen meditation teacher Susan Murphy writes in her brilliant book Upside Down Zen, “Meditation is lonely as any practice is lonely – no one can make it easier for you, no one can do it for you, and you alone can find the endurable quality within it. But that loneliness gradually reveals a subtle and lovely flavour found nowhere else, and is oddly familiar and comfortable; it turns out to be an enthralling solitude that teems with life, a nothing in particular from which everything emerges fresh. And in solitude, you come to know more closely your own strength of unbending intent, which also serves you well in this life”.
People often when they first come to learn Integrated Meditation with us say they are nervous, it seems really selfish, sitting still alone. Once they have been meditating awhile, they realise it’s the most generous thing they can possibly do. A kinder, more nuanced, calmer version of themselves, that teems with energy and life, serves everyone around them, and certainly not just themselves.
Written with love,