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Why should I be pulled out of the moment by future worries, when this moment is so impermanent? For all I know the world might end before I'm done this session, and it would be out of my hands. So I may as well enjoy the peace and stillness while it lasts.
Gabbo3
about 7 hours ago 2 1
Mantra: Accept reality, not my perception of reality. Unpack the layers of judgement, projection, and perception, and just accept the reality. So hard to do and yet so necessary.
Silke
The Muse added a diary.
about 12 hours ago 1
Facing a difficult work decision. Can come up with 100s of reasons about why it has to happen (the alternatives all being far worse) and know that there is a degree of inevitability about it but none of that is really the point. In the past would either have avoided responsibility for being part ...
Bluemoon
about 14 hours ago 3 1
AM Sit Focus on breath, relaxed body, did some flexing of muscles to start body warming up, felt wrapped in relaxing. Lost focus 2 times for a minute or so.
Mismos
about 17 hours ago
Last day of the basic mindfulness training in Kiev, Ukraine, and 5 hours of training today were devoted to thoughts, images, states and emotions. Of all the meditations today I want to share one in which I ask to trace, note and label mental states — empty, clean, transparent, dizzy, sleepy, sa ...
ostropoler
about 23 hours ago 1
The Celestial Sanctum (Practice) Moon Phase: New Moon Little ecstasy, no peace and no refreshment. Hands "crossed".
FábioDutraLeite
about 24 hours ago 1
Anapanasati. I know there's no such thing as a bad meditation session, but this was as close as it gets. Lousy concentration and noises on surroundings made me feel frustrated.
equanimityName
1 day ago 2
Today I experimented with relaxation of the eyes. Eyes shall be immobile and deconcentrated; when we look at the abdomen, for example, we shall it with our sensations (of the abdomen), not with eyes. This is clear but what's the best way to deconcentrate them? The method I found the best is to g ...
Yuri2006
1 day ago
Daily Mantra - Today, I begin again. I live and die in each moment. Once again, Thich Nhat Hanh inspired me. I repeated this mantra again and again in my sit (after not sitting/meditating yesterday) and I cannot tell you how much peace and joy the words brought me. Forget the past, and don't wo ...
Silke
1 day ago 3
Focus this morning turned to work, not really in the form of distinct thoughts but more as acknowledgements - how much I appreciate my job, how much I learn from the members of the public we come into with, how much I value my colleagues, all very unassuming but special people in their own ways ...
Bluemoon
1 day ago 1
I use prayer symbols to start and end my session now as I find it helps me to focus. My meditative state this morning helped to bring clarity to a dream I had. I have a habit of making assumptions that I am learning of late do not serve my highest good. With meditation I am learning to accept th ...
Kathrin
1 day ago 2
An interesting documentary about inmates in a maximum security prison in Alabama that go through a 10 day Vipassana retreat behind bars and all the positive effects the retreat had on them. I'm still looking forward to the day when I can take 10 days to do the same.
equanimityName
1 day ago 3 2
This sit followed an hour of deeply mindful yoga practice. Set the timer for 40 minutes - what followed was 40 minutes of almost constant involuntary movements, mainly head shaking but with a few additional yoga asanas thrown in. Having resisted/postponed the movements when they started while me ...
Bluemoon
2 days ago 1
Today I chose to trace the risings and fallings of the abdomen, when there were only the movements themselves, no image of the abdomen, with the sensations arising and disappearing every moment, with about 4-5 moments of observation per second. It is a little uncomfortable to feel witnessing e ...
ostropoler
2 days ago 1
Really I lay down after some strength exercises during 20 min. Relaxed deeply and concentration was good. Shows once more that it's much easier to relax after muscles are tired.
Yuri2006
2 days ago 1
The effort it takes to remain receptive to peacefulness
ladyluck
2 days ago 2
30min zazen x 3 plus kinhin at zen centre. As often when sitting here with others what comes up was mainly a mass of joy and gratitude for the luxury/opportunity of practising and love and appreciation for the other sangha members. Still surprising me how powerful that feels. One sit also saw w ...
Bluemoon
2 days ago 1
After today's meditation feeling somewhat stressed that after 4 months it still seems to me like I made no progress at all. And during every sit I have the same amount of thoughts drifting me away from concentration like it is my very first sit ever.
Bogdan
Bogdan added a diary.
2 days ago 2 6
Since 5 am till noon I was on an airplane traveling to Ukraine. After that I was being taken care of, so I didn't have any quality time for myself. In the evening I had a 3 hour seminar on basic mindfulness (Shinzen style). I guided meditations during that time, but teaching is not the same as ...
ostropoler
3 days ago 4
Seeing the still pervasive habit of reading into sensations, in trying to understand parts of experience, in over analysing the shifts and energetics of the bodymind. When this is released there is a dark stillness.
danbartlett
3 days ago 4 1
Mantra: Let go. This morning's sit was hard for me. I was upset about something. I cried. Then I focused on just feeling sad and letting go. Just feeling helpless and letting go. Eventually I could get to a small moment of peace (which subsequently ended when the sit did). Small steps.
Silke
The Muse added a diary.
3 days ago 1
Vague awareness of random thoughts in the distance but all a bit like they were playing out on a TV left on in a different room with the volume down low. No need to listen to them, or engage with them - I've no idea what they actually were. Instead, just being with life now now without trying t ...
Bluemoon
4 days ago 1 1
The Celestial Sanctum (Practice) Moon Phase: New Moon No ecstasy, no peace and no refreshment. Hands "crossed".
FábioDutraLeite
4 days ago 1
Noticing how the body image is held, how a sense of looking out is held, and how they can be let go of. Fading, a sense of black nothingness.
danbartlett
4 days ago 3 1