Although when writing a grammarian will encourage us not to use the word ‘just’. When we engage in meditation, this word can be helpful and give us an immediate insight into the present moment and the depths of our mind.
The practice of just sitting involves us doing just that. Sitting. No elaboration. Just sitting.
Observing what is arising and dissolving. Not forcing anything to happen.
I teach this practice in the fourth week of the beginners’ Mindful meditation course. As we engage with this meditation, we sit and enjoy, letting thoughts pass like clouds in the sky. We don’t force or try to control anything. The energy in the class changes – becoming more expansive and relaxed.
Upon arising from this meditation, we try to engage in activities by just doing them.
Reflect on any daily activity that you do and ask yourself if you can just do it and nothing else.
Just boiling a kettle!
Whatever it is – just do it.
Boredom may arise, the part of our mind that seeks novelty and excitement will kick back, let it arise and dissolve. Inner peace is on the other side of boredom.
Single-tasking as opposed to multi-tasking.
Single pointed instead of triple-pointed.
Slowing down instead of speeding up.
Less instead of more