‘Simply Being’ in Meditation
This term, up until the end of December, we will be exploring our third
meditation of the year, Just Sitting or Simply Being.
This mediation compliments the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta
Bhavana but at the same time is its own standalone practice.
Much of our lives are taken up with doing. How can we simply be with our
The simply being practice is about resting in the flow of immediate
experience, simply what is here. It points towards the undivided nature of
‘just this’ or ‘what is’ – alive, immediate, intimate being, unhooked from the
disturbing notions of self. It points us in the direction of a wholeness and an
underlying ground of compassionate ‘thusness’.
Thoughts become just thoughts, sensations just sensations, feelings just
feelings, the senses just the senses.
The Buddha encouraged us to live like this, “in the seen only the seen, in the
sensed only the sensed, in the thought only the thought” and stated that
“just this is the end of suffering”.
The lunchtime class is a weekly class that runs between 1 and 2pm on
Wednesdays. If you have time you can stay on afterwards for our class group
discussion from 2 till 2.30pm. With Naravira.
An info graphic on the cycle of the Body-Mind.