Taking Your Seat



Asana Meditation – Day 3  In early 1960, four young men walked into Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina, took a seat at the counter, and asked to be served lunch. They were denied because they were black. Their refusal to leave without service began a civil rights sit-in movement which quickly spread to college towns throughout the South with more than 70,000 black and white participants. It affected 20 states and resulted in the desegregation of many local businesses in those communities.

Seated in the picture above are Mathew Walker, Peggy Alexander, Diane Nash, and Stanley Hemphill. They are eating lunch at the counter of the Post House Restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee. This photograph was taken May 16, 1960 and it marks the first time  since the start of the sit-ins that blacks have been served at previously all-white counters in that city.

Taking one’s rightful seat is an act of dignity.

In many ways taking a seat is about taking a stand. It is about taking a seat in the domain of your life. It is about displaying the embodiment of who you are and what you are. Sitting with dignity is an act of love – love for yourself, love for others, love for life, and love for humanity. May each meditation sitting be a radical act of truth; of seeing and being seen. And may your truth shine through.


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