Thursday, April 12, 2007

Sit There

Don’t just do something. Sit there. ~Sylvia Boorstein


brow of calm said...

Yeah, this made me laugh!
Clever, do not take for granted.

polona said...

ha! :)
thought-provoking in an amusing way

getzapped said...

b-o-c- It tickled my funny bone, too.

polona- yes, especially from a Buddhist point of view. I love Sylvia Boorstein's view on the subject.

Layla (aka Barbara) said...

Wow, if only we took this advise more often instead of running around like crazy people!

moment2moment said...

The flowering of love is meditation.
J Krishnamurti

Have you read the book by Slyvia?

Cool blog - I jumped over from rubyahmad.


Susan Abraham said...

A reverse psychological take.:-)

Stephen Bess said...

Yes, be still! lol! :)

Lizard Princess said...

I have a question about Buddha for you, GZ:
I took an Asian philosophy class in college and learned that Buddha was very thin- mostly from the extreme amount of fasting he practiced. Assuming that this is true, why is he always depicted as so heavy?
This is a question that I have been curious about for some time!

I have been rcently reading a book about many religions in the world, and many religions practice meditation of one kind or another. One difference for me as a Christian, though, is that our meditation (unlike some other kinds) is to fill one's mind with God's word. I like to have a verse I pick out in the morning and meditate on it throughout the day off and on- that way, by the end of the day, I usually have it memorized!

getzapped said...

layla- I know!

moment- beautiful expression ;) I have Boorstein's book "It's Easier Than You Think" and refer to it often. She has a light approach (yet real) to life and Buddhism.

susan- yeah, we tend to run from discomfort, instead of sit with it...

stephen- ;)

lp- Buddha (named Siddhãrtha) was from what is now Nepal and born to a wealthy family. Yes, he fasted for a long time and I imagine was thin. I think obesity is a thing of modern life. Anyway, Buddhism moved from India to other parts of the world like Tibet, China and Japan. So, the form of Buddha changed and he is depicted in many forms. In fact, there is more than one Buddha or Bodhisattva (even female ones) in some sectors. Sort of like the saints in Christianity. My family is Catholic, so I know a little about this.

I like your idea about using a verse to study throughout the day. I have a similar practice. I do believe many religions and philosophies cross over and the basic elements are to do treat your self and others with kindness and love. Thanks for sharing!