Out of This World

Meditation has a strange effect: by taking time to remove yourself from the hustle and bustle, you somehow become more deeply alive to life. As you sit still with the noise inside your head, disconnecting from the constant stimulation of the outside world, your senses are heightened. Sounds, smells, tastes, physical sensations all can become much more vibrant, and your thought-chatter often becomes much more intense. Then, if you keep coming back to this moment, all of that fades out of your awareness, and your attention is absorbed in stillness.

You can experience this even in a brief meditation, but if you sit for longer periods, it grows and deepens exponentially.  Going on a 10-day or 7-day retreat may not be practical for you right now, but what if you gave yourself the gift of a single day of silence?

On September 9th, you can do just that on a day-long retreat led by Michael McAlister and hosted by Michael’s organization, Infinite Smile, at Green Gulch Farm in Marin County.

We've found Michael’s past retreats to be a simple, powerful way to deepen our own meditation practice. Click here to sign up and give yourself the distance you need from regular life to engage with the stillness inside.

How can you create space for stillness in your life this week?

Hannah Knapp