Adjusting to other customs and superstitions requires some open mindedness. Some acceptance that the other way might be an improvement over my perspective. We attended a recovery meeting at a Yoga retreat and the meeting was called, Simple Minds — an Eleventh Step Meeting. In guided mediation for half an hour and round the floor sharing about that experience. The craftsmanship of the hand hewn floor, the dark mahogany woods, the traditional Balinese structure and the setting in the Yoga retreat grounds all compound to make the experience transformative and eye opening.
We could sit quietly in contemplation till the meeting starts, or….
We could pose for the camera… Or
We could enter into this place with some serenity and consideration. We could simply in open minded contemplation consider that the local traditions about meditation are informed by spiritual roots not completely understood. A meditation of consideration. It was uncomfortable, yet stretching!