“Quiet the mind and the soul will speak.”
– Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
Sati is one of the key concepts in all dharmic contemplative traditions. The word comes from Pali – the language of the Buddha – and can be translated as “mindfulness and remembrance”.
Once you allowed your mind to settle down by concentrating on your breathing, you can make the choice to embrace every part of your meditative experience and to simply observe your own mind.
By allowing us to acknowledge our mental formations as such (emotions, thoughts…) this meditation practice teaches us to break the vicious circle of thinking/feeling<>self-experience to no longer identify with what we think or feel. The practice of sati lies at the core of all mindfulness-based interventions developed in the West, starting from the pioneering MBSR protocol (mindfulness-based stress reduction) by molecular biologist Jon Kabat-Zin.