Practice Sitting Quietly

“Many people cannot allow themselves the time to sit and do nothing but breathe. They consider it to be uneconomical or a luxury. People say “time is money.” But time is much more than money. Time is life. The simple practice of sitting quietly on a regular basis can be profoundly healing. Stopping and sitting is a good way to focus on mindful breathing and nothing else.”

~Thich Nhat Hanh

March

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold; when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.”

~Charles Dickens

A Shaman Story

A shaman was asked:

What is poison?

  • Anything beyond what we need is poison.
    It can be power, laziness, food, ego, ambition, vanity, fear, anger, or whatever.

What is fear?

  • Non-acceptance of uncertainty.
    If we accept uncertainty, it becomes adventure.

What is envy?

  • Non-acceptance of good in the other.
    If we accept good, it becomes inspiration.

What is anger?

  • Non-acceptance of what is beyond our control.
    If we accept, it becomes tolerance.

What is hate?

  • Non-acceptance of people as they are.
    If we accept unconditionally, it becomes love.

The Shaman by Bret Buckley