Slowing Down : Inspiration From the Sloth

September can be a very fast-paced month. Summer holidays are over. Our activities are back in full swing, and our days can quickly become crammed with back to back responsibilities. Slowing down, even a little, can be a wonderful way to bring a touch of presence to our busy schedules. We’re not suggesting hanging around in a tree all day, … Continue reading Slowing Down : Inspiration From the Sloth

A Few Common Questions about Meditation

Recently we were asked to answer a few common questions on meditation for a local yoga conference. Many people are first introduced to meditation through yoga, so we took a few minutes in between making cushions to consider the questions. Below you will find the questions and our responses. Four Questions About Meditation 1. Why is it important to have a regular time … Continue reading A Few Common Questions about Meditation

The Resonant Gift of Rin Bells

Rin Bell on Cushion

A Still Sitting customer has been sharing our rin bells with his close circle of friends for years. He enjoys the connection that comes from each friend experiencing the resonance from the same bell. This past year he had the idea of creating a similar gift for his mother and her friends. His mom has Alzheimer’s and is no longer able to socialize with her close group … Continue reading The Resonant Gift of Rin Bells

The Gift of Lovingkindness Meditation

Lovingkindness meditation is a way of offering friendly kindness to yourself, to others or to the world. Lovingkindness is based on Buddhist teachings that emphasize compassion, love and kindness. This is also be referred to as Metta meditation. In Lovingkindness meditation, there are phrases to repeat to yourself throughout the meditation.  The phrases below are taken from Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation by … Continue reading The Gift of Lovingkindness Meditation

New Year, New Meditation Practice

Starting a New Meditation Practice The new year is a great time to start or restart a meditation practice. Starting anything new can sometimes feel daunting so we’ve put together a few very basic guidelines to follow. I had a chat with Koshin Christopher Cain, one of the owners of Still Sitting, to get his suggestions for starting a new meditation practice. We covered … Continue reading New Year, New Meditation Practice

Two New Products: Folding Zabuton & Rinzai Rakusu Kit

We are so excited about our latest new products. They have both been over a year in the making and it is such a joy to see them finally ready and on the website. Our Folding Zabuton The folding zabuton was inspired by the foam zabutons we used in Norway. These were very comfortable and easy to store. We then looked into how … Continue reading Two New Products: Folding Zabuton & Rinzai Rakusu Kit

Prison Sangha at Washington State Reformatory

A most gratifying aspect of our work at Still Sitting is creating products that serve people in meditation. We are honored to provide a comfortable seat to anyone engaged in this challenging, quieting work. We recently had the pleasure of speaking with a community leader who uses our cushions for a very special purpose. Amy Darling is a Seattle-based acupuncturist, … Continue reading Prison Sangha at Washington State Reformatory

Real Happiness: May All Beings Read This Book

Book Cover

Discussed: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation, by Sharon Salzberg. Workman Publishing. 208 pages. 2011. Real Happiness has had a home on our bookshelf for several years now, and it’s a book we often reach for when we’re struggling to put into words the how’s and why’s of meditation. In this well-loved guide, Sharon Salzberg lays out the murky art … Continue reading Real Happiness: May All Beings Read This Book