Sit, Human, Sit! Good Human

Last November, I announced a Meditation Competition–a Sit-off, if you will–as a response to the debate on Yoga Competition (or more accurately, Asana Competition).

It was a joke, that is, until now. I’m calling a Sit-off, and this time, it’s for real.

The competition is not who you think, though. We won’t have anyone judging your posture, how long you hold it, or the height of your cushion. We won’t care how coiffed your hair is, how cute your clothes are, or really, if you care to wear any at all. (And we certainly will not play Cotton Eyed Joe until your ears bleed while you attempt to reach samadhi.)

To blatantly rip off a famous saying, we have met the competition, and he is us. The only person stopping you from doing this is you and only you. I’m willing to bet that no matter how busy you are, you have 60 seconds to spare, to slow down, to watch your breath, close your eyes, and sit on a comfy cushion.

The rules

For all 28 days of February, 2010, sit. That’s it. No, really, that’s it. Just sit.

Sit every day. Sit for a minute a day, or 10, or 20. If you ask, what good will one minute of meditation do? You’re right, it won’t do *much*, but remember this one message from meditation teacher Shinzen Young: “one is infinitely more than zero.” The point is to start a habit, and like Mark Twain said, “Habit is to be coaxed downstairs a step at a time.”

If you need some structure, check out Tricycle Magazine’s Commit to Sit 28-day challenge.

28 Days and 28 Nights – Why 28

I’m doing this in February because it’s the month with the least amount of days. For the same reason that $9.95 seems cheaper than $9.99, and $9.99 seems cheaper than $10, committing to doing anything for 28 days seem so much less daunting than 30 or 31 days.

For those of you looking for more meanings behind 28, there are all sorts of interesting observations behind it.

You’ll Never Sit Alone

Some of us are more private about our work, others benefit well from support, encouragement, and a sense of camaraderie. So, if you’re on Twitter, simply tweet #sitoff. You can host your own tweetup, meetup, Sunday Sit, Sit and Knit, Sit and Sing, Meditate and Medicate (wait… maybe not that one).

And Now, A Note From Our Sponsors

What kind of competition has not “winners”, no scores to keep, and no awards? Ah, well, in the effort to rectify this shortcoming, I am looking for businesses who, in HR parlance, lend a hand in incentivizing, businesses who will offer some kind of discount for the participants of this challenge. For instance, a coffee shop could offer 10% off a latte (you know, so you can wake up a bit earlier or stay up a bit longer to sit).

If you are a business, whether local or online, please let me know if you’d like to be a part of this. The terms of the discount are entirely up to you. For example, if someone had to prove it with a note from their mom, or “Sit Ten Times, Get a Latte Free”, or, “Meditate for Your Martini” ™. Hey, you can even set up a Sit and Sip ™ corner in your store. See, the possibilities are almost endless.

If you know a business who would be up for this, please tell them and encourage them to join in. Please tell your friends, please tell your friends to tell their friends. Please mention this to your favorite coffee shop, barista, restaurant, bookstore, bakery, bartender. Really, the more the merrier.

Yes, this is 100% based on an honor system, but I have faith in it. Honestly, if you lie about whether you’ve meditated or not, you’re gonna have *that* much more to work through when you finally do take a seat. And, as the song lyrics goes, “Your cheatin’ heart, will tell on you.”

What do you get as a participating business? I will feature you on my blog. If you care about this sort of things, this site has a Google PR 3, which may help increase web traffic to your website. This is also a great way to attract more customers through word of mouth marketing.

And you’ll get that warm and fuzzy feeling knowing that you’ve helped someone who wants to meditate good and “wanna learn to do other stuff good too”.

Stop. Collaborate. Meditate. Sit, sit baby.

Stop. Collaborate. Meditate. Sit, sit baby.