Don’t just do something, sit there!

Often we tell ourselves, “Don’t just sit there, do something!” But when we practice awareness, we discover something unusual. We discover that the opposite may be more helpful: “Don’t just do something, sit there!” We must learn to stop from time to time in order to see clearly. At first, “stopping” may look like a kind of resistance to modern life, but it is not. It is not just a reaction; it is a way of life. Humankind’s survival depends on our ability to stop rushing. We have more than 50,000 nuclear bombs, and yet we cannot stop making more. “Stopping” is not only to stop the negative, but to allow positive healing to take place. That is the purpose of our practice—not to avoid life, but to experience and demonstrate that happiness in life is possible now and also in the future.

– Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh

 

2 thoughts on “Don’t just do something, sit there!

  1. “Stop rushing”: I’ve been trying not to rush with many members of my family, rushing seems to be the winning speed.
    How can we be more convincing than slowing down and practicing awareness IS the healing needed?!
    Thank you for your enlightening words!

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