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November 2012

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Hi Folks,

Take a walk. Solo.   That’s our holiday advice.  As grand as it is to see family and friends, we find it so nice to get outside and take a quiet walk this time of year.  You might think we’d suggest a healthy dose of sitting meditation, and while that’s no mistake, we also know that a good pair of walking shoes (which we don’t sell…) can carry you deep into quiet meditation.  Great for renewing your spirit. 

We’re trying something new this holiday season.  We are giving you, dear newsletter subscribers, a 10% off coupon.  It is good for 10% off on our entire inventory.

If you choose one of our sale items you receive the 10% off as well as the sale price.  Simply add the coupon code SAVE10 when you check out and your 10% will be deducted automatically.  This coupon is valid through December 31.  Thanks again for your support!

We also want to tell you that we (finally) have a new Mokugyo.  It’s a lovely hand carved piece, each one made from a single block of camphor laurel wood in Japan.  It sounds great and comes with a birch striker.  It is the real deal. 

Lastly, do check out our Holiday Sale, good through December 31.  You’ll find discounts on Cushion Sets, Zafus, Meditation Benches, Bolsters, Neck Pillows, Buddhas, and Bells. 

Warm wishes for the holidays,

The Still Sitting Crew

 

Sitting Tip – Walking Meditation

Sit.  Walk.  Sit.  That’s the rhythm at meditation centers all over the world.  Though we’re Still Sitting, we’re also very much a fan of Still Walking, not simply as a break from the sitting, but as a meditation practice itself. 

There are all sorts of meditative walking traditions.  Some are slow, some quick.  Some step with breathing, some step with the group.  Some are with a group, some from tree to tree in the forest. 

In all these ways, it is important to remember to keep good posture.  That often means hands folded on your upper belly, but hands by your side or clasped behind you also works.  Keep your head level.  Most of the time you don’t need to tilt your head down to look at the ground or the feet of the person in front of you.  You can keep your head up and keep an open gaze, taking in your surroundings with your peripheral vision.

You may want to concentrate on the sensation of your feet as they tread on the ground, or on your hands folded in front of you, or the sounds that come to you while you’re walking.  Or of course, your old friend from seated meditation, your breath. 

The venerable Thich Nhat Hanh has some lovely things to say about walking meditation here.  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdO1vZJgUu0

Whether you are walking in nature  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_5dcw9Nwz8, in the city http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySJGePBl6m0, or in jest, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqhlQfXUk7w&feature=fvwrel we hope you get the most of this simple activity.

 

Testimonial From a Recent Customer

Thank you very much. I just want to let you know how much I love your zafus and zabutons. I participated in a workshop for end-of-life caregivers at Upaya Zen Center in April--and couldn't help noticing the wonderful quality of some of the cushions in their zendo. Fortunately, the Still Sitting tags were visible. I went online when I returned and ordered a set for my office at the university. I've just ordered another set for me and one for my son.

Thanks so much for the beautiful craftsmanship.

Shelley A.
San Francisco, CA

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Inspiration

Here’s a quote from one of our favorites – the 20th century monk and author, Father Thomas Merton:

Life is this simple:  we are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and the divine is shining through it all the time. This is not just a nice story or a fable, it is true.  

― Fr. Thomas Merton

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