Doing Nothing

This is an article from Tricycle Magazine called Something from Nothing by Ken McLeod – about not doing anything in our practice – not needing to fix, change or do anything.

See the Videos page for the link to the inteview of Jon Kabat-Zinn and Jack Kornfield from the Wisdom 2.0 conference earlier this year.

Here is a quote from Tuesday night:

“Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.” ~ Sydney J. Harris

And a wonderful poem by Danna Faulds:

“Here”
by Danna Faulds

It’s always here, the silent
underpinning, the foundation
beneath the foundation. When
I reach deep enough into darkness,
inside fear, self-doubt, aversion or
despair, there is something so intact
I almost miss it in my focus on
brokenness. It’s always here, this
ground of being. Like the water in
which fish swim, it’s easy to overlook
the eloquence of truth. It’s here, this
guiding presence, this calm, abiding
stillness. It’s here when I don’t try
to make life any more or less than
what it is, when I stop trying to be
right. It’s here when I unclench my
fists and breathe, when I let go of the
demand to make life smooth or easy.
It’s here, the oneness underlying
multiplicity, the exquisite “is-ness”
of everything. I could shout it from
the rooftops, but it’s true no matter
what I say, and I know you’ll find
it in your own time, your own way,
that precious moment when you
choose to meet life exactly as it is.

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