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What is the deal with meditation?

I am so happy about starting up the Seattle Interdependence Project.

I imagine a space where people can come to learn to work with their minds as I did a few years ago at IDP NYC. I am excited to be able to share this with the city that has been so good to me since I moved here in the spring.

I am thinking about the basics. Why should you come to sit? Plain old curiosity is a great reason, but generally people come to meditation because something in their very human experience is unsatisfactory. There is something they want to change. Something they want to be ok with. Something BIG or small or medium.

For today’s post, I chose to revisit the reasons I started sitting, both the mundane reasons and the deeper ones. I share them here and hope you might connect to some of them and consider attending the first Seattle IDP sit with us.

 

Why I learned to meditate

Because I always said that I would.

Because, since childhood, it seemed like a cool thing to do.

I was lonely.

I was anxious.

I always felt that I was not doing enough.

I thought that meditation would fix me.

I wanted to be able to be still.

I thought it would make me more likeable.

I just thought that I should.

 

I was:

Artistically confused.

Perpetually unsatisfied.

Melancholy.

Insecure.

Full of self-doubt.

Traumatized.

Guilty.

Confused about how to be involved in politics.

 

Because I could.

Because I liked Yoga.

Because it seemed poetic.

I wanted to be more in touch with my body.

I wanted to understand myself sexually.

I wanted to know who I was without my “social identity”.

Because I hated my country.

Because I never related to the Catholic Church.

Because my parents taught me to be open minded.

Because I met other cool people who did it.

I wanted to make art.

I wanted life to be like art.

I was never happy.

I couldn’t accept things that didn’t go my way.

I felt wrong.

I was spiteful.

I was weird in romantic relationships.

Desire to feel ok.

Desire to connect.

Desire to connect.

Desire to connect.

 

In Buddhism there is a thing called the three poisons: desire, aversion, and ignorance. They are what make us human.  Each item on my list is driven by one. They are natural and normal. Struggle is a critical and beautiful part of being human. Working with our minds is a radical way to be IN life. "The root meaning of the word radical is just that..the root or origin of something."

Please join us on December 20!

 

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Comments

may it be auspicious!

I'm so happy for you and for seattle and the world and all the IDPers outside NYC that you're doing this. spread the dharma, dear one!

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