Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Doing nothing

The following is the excerpt from Thich Nhat Hanh’s “HAPPINESS”.

You don't need to run anymore. Your true home is in the here and the now. You are solid and free. You can smile, relaxing all the muscles in your face.

We need some training to be successful in our sitting. We're so used to always doing something - with our mind, with our body - that sitting down and doing nothing can be difficult at first. When Nelson Mandela came to France to visit French president Francois Mitterrand, the press asked Mr. Mandela what he'd like to do the most. He said, "What I want to do most is just to sit down and do nothing. Since my release from prison, I've been so busy with no time to sit or breathe. So what I want the most is just to sit down and not do anything."

If we gave Nelson Mandela a few days to sit and do nothing, would he know how to do it? Because sitting and doing nothing doesn't seem to be very easy for most of us. We're used to always doing something. We need some training to be able to sit and enjoy the sitting, to do nothing and enjoy doing nothing. Each of us has the habit energy of always having to be doing something. If we're not doing something, we can't stand it. So, just sitting down and doing nothing is an art, the art of sitting meditation.

(My commentary)
Doing nothing sounds easy but is actually very difficult for most people. That's because stopping is required. Especially, stopping mind, or thinking. In other words, stopping means reviving awareness by releasing ego. So, stopping is self-transformation. If we can really stop, we attain resting, calming and healing.


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