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September 2013

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Seattle Bench 10% off Samue Jacket 10% off Cushion Set 10% off

Hi Folks,

We’re in the midst of an Indian Summer on our island –blue skies, warm weather, and kayaks on the water.  We’ve been keeping ourselves out of trouble by working on some big orders for a couple of Dharma centers and a university, as well as our regular steady stream of orders. 

This Fall we’d like to introduce you to our new folding bench, the Seattle Bench.  It’s the most elegant meditation bench we’ve seen, made locally by our very fine craftsman from dark walnut wood.  It closes in silky smooth fashion using rare earth magnets.  We think it’s a gem of bench. 

We’re also happy to introduce a new color of our popular Samue Jacket – Turkish Coffee.  It’s made from the same plush 100% cotton as our Charcoal Grey and Indigo Blue Samue Jackets. 

Our Fall Sale just started, and includes discounts on among many other things - Cushion Sets, Benches, and Bells.

Best Fall Wishes,

The Still Sitting Crew

Sitting Tip – Eyes

More than any other sense, our eyes form the everyday perception of our world.  In some ways it is the hardest one to fully relax. 

Some traditions suggest the closing of eyes when meditating.  This has a calming effect, giving the meditator the change to turn inward toward their body and mind.  And of course it lessens visual distractions.  On the other hand, closed eyes tend to make for a sleepy sitter, and daydreams may take hold more easily. 

Sitting Tip

If sitting with eyes open, it’s usually suggested that they be downcast, at about a 45 degree angle to the floor.  When you do this, there is a tendency to tip your head forward - resist this tendency, and try to keep your head level.  Often half open eyes are recommended.  A soft, open focus can keep a meditator awake and calm.  Try consciously relaxing the eyes – both the focus and the eyes themselves, including the area around the eyes.  This can help a great deal in calming the rest of the senses. 

We tend to take our common way of seeing for granted.  Try giving them a deep rest in meditation and you may emerge with a somewhat different way of seeing the world.

Testimonial From a Recent Customer


I received my order yesterday and while I love the cushions and am pleased with them, what wowed me was the way in which they arrived. That box was a joy to unwrap and unload because of the obvious care with which everything had been packaged. 

I know that sounds kind of odd --- but it's the little things that matter.

Thanks again!
Maureen O.
Ames, IA

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"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.  "

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