Samadhi Cushions and Store: Meditation cushions and benches made here in Vermont. A nonprofit carrying incense, gongs, books, cds, and other meditation supplies.
If you were asked to imagine yourself meditating, what would you look like? For many of us the picture that springs to mind is a seated figure, cross-legged on a cushion. But there are many ways to meditate. This week on tricycle.com we are featuring a practice piece on walking meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh. He writes, "You can take a step and touch the earth in such a way that you establish yourself in the present moment; you will arrive in the here and the now."
Another meditation practice is working with the Four Immeasurables, which traditionally include the virtues of loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. However, when we spoke with Tom Shadyac, the film director made famous by comedies like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Liar Liar, he added one to the list: Box Office. In our exclusive interview with Shadyac he discusses his latest (and much different) project, a documentary called I AM, which investigates how we, as individuals and as a society, can improve our own lives and the lives of others.
Also this week, we'll feature the fourth (and final) qigong video by Teja Bell. This series of instructional videos goes along with Bell's article in the Summer issue of Tricycle "Qigong for meditators."
You can find the Summer 2011 issue here.