Stillness as the goal

That past few weeks have confirmed that the quality of meditation/yoga that appeals me to me most is stillness or samahdi; it’s the pay-off for the investment of time and energy in practice. There are many definitions for it. In the Buddhist lineage, it is “concentration of the mind.” It’s not the easiest quality to attain and it can be fleeting, but even a short exposure to it can pull you up from a stormy emotional current. It’s that instant when the white noise of our minds goes silent and we can turn our gaze inward.