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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sit Still

Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote: "Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you."

You know, everyone makes a big fuss about "Zen." Meditation classes are big business, and gurus become international superstars.

But, as one of my wise old teachers used to say, "When you sit, just sit."

You're not trying to get anything; in fact, the harder you "try," the longer it takes.

Just sit.

Sit in a garden, or sit at your desk at work. Sit in the bus. Sit on a stairway during break time.

Sit mindfully, of course. Good posture, breathing deeply. Don't slouch, or pant.

But seriously, all you need to do is sit.

And you'll be happier.

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