Author: Still Sitting

Samue Clothing

Samue is the traditional clothing worn during daily work by Japanese Buddhist monks. Samu refers to daily work that is done with mindfulness. This can include any work, such as gardening, cleaning or daily chores. Samue Clothing The pieces are typically made from cotton or linen in dark colors, such as brown or navy. The style is… Read more »

Introducing our New Mini Zafu

When we started Still Sitting 14 years ago, our round zafu was the first cushion we designed. We spent a long time perfecting our zafu construction, choosing fabrics, and finding suppliers that met our needs for the highest quality materials and business practices. Our traditional round zafu has continued to be our most popular item… Read more »

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… Read more »

The Resonant Gift of Rin Bells

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… Read more »

The Benefits of Breathing Deeply

Breathe in, breathe out. You can’t help it of course, but you can bring consciousness to it -– and that in turn changes your breathing.  Breathing is one of the few activities that we do unconsciously but that we can affect consciously. Meditation can change the quality of our breathing, and breathing deeply can change… Read more »

Sitting Up Straight

We feel that it’s well worth paying attention to your posture during meditation. Meditation is more than just a mind exercise; it’s a mind-body exercise. Once you have a strong foundation, the next step is to sit up straight. Sitting up straight and relaxed allows your body to open to the world around it. Sitting up straight… Read more »

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… Read more »

A Look at the Earliest Buddhist Statues

This guest post by Robert Cain takes us on a tour of some of the earliest historical instances of Buddhist sculpture.  Sculpture is the visual art form most closely identified with Buddhism. The types of Buddhist statues that we see today took time to develop, and changed significantly along the way. This post will highlight some of… Read more »

Holiday Gift Guide

Thank you for considering giving the gift of meditation to your loved ones this year. This is a gift that can truly last a lifetime. For a little holiday inspiration, we’ve highlighted a few of our favorite gift ideas below. Wishing you a warm and peaceful holiday season. Holiday Gift Guide Our Meditation Starter Set is a great gift for… Read more »