Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Daily Dharma: Sitting With Everyone in the World

Today's Daily Dharma from Tricycle:

Sitting With Everyone in the World

It is not merely enthusiasm that erodes when practice declines. Your body and mind can go out of tune. You are no longer a vessel of insight. The cardinal can sing; the wind can move the ironwood trees delicately; a child can ask a wise question--and where is your center? How can you respond? It is time to put yourself back in tune, to be ready for experiences that make life fulfilling. Take up the advice for beginners. Put your zazen pad somewhere between your bathroom and your kitchen. Sit down there in the morning after you use the bathroom and before you cook breakfast. You are sitting with everyone in the world. If you sit only briefly, you will have at least settled your day.

~ Robert Aitken, Encouraging Words; from Everyday Mind, edited by Jean Smith, a Tricycle book.

1 comment:

isabella mori said...

thanks for that great reminder! robert aitken always has good things to say ...