Why Meditation? The Benefits:
“Open presence meditation” is the only path of non-doing. All other practices of self-inquiry either involve some kind of doing, or a receiving from another. The practice of meditation and the outcome of meditation are: learning to just be. Warning, side effects of simply being, may include but not be limited to: deep relaxation, increased physical health, clarity of mind, joyfulness, restful sleep, emotional balance, equanimity in the world of 1001 things.
What Happens During Meditation:
The meditation practice that I am referring to is sometimes called “open presence” (versus “focused attention”). For most, it does not show results that can be defined as quickly as with other methods. In fact, meditation requires a lot of patience, because of its subtle, non-interfering nature. Typically seated for an hour, the intention is to be present to all the experiences within and without; without interfering, without any judgment, neither of a positive or negative nature. Being here now with all that is.
(While I have practiced a variety of active meditations as well, I am not describing them here.) This web site describes a variety approaches: Liveanddare
I practiced meditation for 20 years on a nearly daily basis. After a few years of meditating with my partner and other friends, we started offering silent and active meditation to the public in Chicago, US. First I assisted the process for many years. Then, more and more, I myself started facilitating. 2005-2015 we offered daily morning meditations, some evening meditations as well as workshops in the meditation center Inner Metamorphosis University that we had initiated. Since then I have been traveling, and my practices became more varied and inspired by all the different environments that I enter.