The Sitting Frog

The Sitting Frog

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This blog is a place where I talk about a book I wrote, called My Christian Journey with Zen, and other meditation related topics. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment sections below.

Minus 13 degrees Celcius...

2016Posted by Gustav 13 Jan, 2016 23:17

Today was our first hour of public meditation for peace in 2016, in the Umeå city square. It was minus 13 degrees Celcius, and we were four people sitting together. My toes were a bit cold, but, other than that, I was comfortable and warm. I don't think I've ever worn so many layers of clothes... We sit like this once every month, in all weathers, as a small symbolic act of solidarity with everyone suffering from war and violence in the world. I don't know if it makes any difference, but it feels right to do it. I strongly believe that some way of stopping and being quiet and still needs to be a part of peace work. A chance to be still with all my thoughts and emotions. Letting them come and go. And finding my way to act from a sense of compassion, love and togetherness, or whatever we'd like to call it, instead of succumbing to hatred and fear. During meditation practice in the city square, I keep a lowered gaze, as usual, and do not make eye contact with anyone passing by, in order to let the focus not be on Gustav, but on the practice itself. Inside and outside, hand in hand. That's what it's about, to me. And maybe someone passing by is reminded to slow down and breathe. (Photo: Thomas Ylvin)