Sitting Quietly With Zen

Sitting Quietly With Zen

A new version of an older post.

Find a quiet place to sit. This can be outside or in. 

Take some gentle breaths to calm your mind.

Don't look for meaning; just sit, just accept.

Remember that from a withered tree, a flower blooms.

Simple living is consolation.

Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.

The tighter you squeeze, the less you have.

No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.

Only when you can be extremely pliable and soft can you be extremely hard and strong.

Knock on the sky and listen to the sound.

When you try to stay on the surface of the water, you sink; but when you try to sink, you float.

Sit, walk, or run, but don't wobble.

Live your life.

Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.

The Heart Sutra - A musical rendition by Imee Ooi with words in Sanskrit

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