"Teach us to care and not to care.
Teach us to sit still."
- T.S. Eliot
"You are sitting on the
earth and you realize that this earth deserves you and you deserve this
earth. You are there - fully, personally, genuinely."
- Chogyam Trungpa
"Remain sitting at your table and listen.
Do not even listen, simply wait,
be quiet still and solitary.
The world will freely offer itself
to you to be unmasked,
it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy
at your feet."
- Franz Kafka
focus and forget
rest with the great achievement.
The ancient child asks
"what is the great achievement?"
It is beyond description in any language
it can only be felt intuitively
it can only be expressed intuitively.
Engage a loose, alert, and aware
body, mind, and sound
then look into the formless
and perceive no thing.
See yourself as a sphere
small at first
growing to encompass
the vastness of infinite space.
focus and forget then
in a state of ease and rest
secure the truth of the great achievement.
Employing the truth will not exhaust its power
when it seems exhausted it is really abundant
and while human art will die at the hands of utility
the great achievement is beyond being useful.
Great straightness is curved and crooked
great intelligence is raw and silly
great words are simple and naturally awkward.
Engaged movement drives out the frozen cold
mindful stillness subdues the frenzied heart.
summon order from the void
that guides the ordering of the universe."
- Tao Te Ching, Chapter 45, Translated by John Bright-Fey, 2006
are many matters and many circumstances in which consciousness is
undesirable and silence is golden, so that secrecy can be used as a
marker to tell us that we are approaching the holy."
- Gregory Bateson, Angels Fear
Sitting in the Garden
Spirituality and Nature