October 16, 2009

Just Be

Just sitting means just that. That “just” endlessly goes against the grain of our need to fix, transform, and improve ourselves. The paradox of our practice is that the most effective way of transformation is to leave ourselves alone. The more we let everything be just what it is, the more we relax into an open, attentive awareness of one moment after another. Just sitting leaves everything just as it is.

–Barry Magid, from “Leave yourself alone!” Tricycle, Summer 2005

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Kozan's picture

Just sitting is a vocation in it's own right. Let the opinion of others go, just sit. ...or not.

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The problem is that in Western modern culture (American here), just sitting would be construed as laziness. However, I get your drift. There is something to be said for serenity.

rudy crowe's picture

"The paradox of our practice is that the most effective way of transformation is to leave ourselves alone."

Is not the paradox of "socially engagement" that the most effective way to transform the world around us is to leave it alone?...

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