23 May
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Sit Down Wherever You Are

I spent a lovely day today sitting and walking and sitting and walking (and eating) at the home of my friend, Lisa, who lives out in the country, where she not only has a screened-in porch, but also a whole separate screened-in building, (plus a big stone patio, a deck, and several walking paths, etc.) where she hosts a weekly sangha…as well as regular days of silent sitting-and-walking, like the one today.

We started with a poem:

Forget About Enlightenment
by John Welwood

Sit down wherever you are
And listen to the wind singing in your veins.
Feel the love, the longing, the fear in your bones.
Open your heart to who you are, right now,
Not who you would like to be,
Not the saint you are striving to become,
But the being right here before you, inside you, around you.
All of you is holy.
You are already more and less
Than whatever you can know.
Breathe out,
Touch in,
Let go.


Thanks, Lisa!

(image: Young Girl on a Balcony over the Ocean, by Henri Matisse)


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