Why meditate? Really. Can’t we awaken without stillness? In this talk, Michael suggests that awakening can only happen through stillness because it is only in the still spaces between our thoughts that the present moment can ever be accessed consciously. And it is only in this conscious meeting of our circumstances that we can ever be free of our habitual psychological inertia. He points to the simplicity of seeing and accepting life as it is as well as the various moves that ego makes in order to avoid stillness. Questions relate to practicing in the face of fear; watching the stage play of mind; conscious breathing as a portal to awakening; and labeling our thoughts as a way of lessening their energetic grip on our experience.

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