Day 14: group meditation practice
Yesterday, Vasuki, Anna, and I got together for the first gathering of our Eudora Meditation group at BlueJacket Crossing. Anyone is welcome to join us - with or without experience. We will sit together every Tuesday from 12-12:45pm, spending at least 25 minutes in silent meditation. No cost or obligation involved.
Meditation and Yoga are pretty synonymous for me at this point in my practice. I consider my asana (physical posture) practice to be the exercise & stretching I need to make my body feel comfortable to dig deeper into the science of the mind.
The second Yoga Sutra (योगश्चित्तवृत्तिनिरोधः) says Yoga is the stilling of the vrttis of the mind. Most people translate vrtti as fluctuation or turning. Stanji (Stanley Lombardo) was sharing his thoughts with me the other day about this word, translating vrtti as a state of mind. It is helpful to cultivate a meditation practice to begin observing and understanding these mental states...but how do we apply this in our everyday lives? This is the true practice!
Photo: Vasuki has created a beautiful space and it was a joy to sit with these two in this gorgeous environment. The photo looks from their tasting room out to the vines