To Sit or Not to Sit: That is the Question…Or Is It?

To Sit or Not to Sit: That is the Question…Or Is It?

Discussion date: Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at our weekly Thursday evening practice

<, I have a friend who breathes between telephone calls and it helps her very much. Another friend does walking meditation between business appointments, walking mindfully between buildings in downtown Denver. Passersby smile at him, and his meetings, even with difficult persons, often turns out to be very pleasant, and very successful.

We should be able to bring the practice from the meditation hall into our daily lives. How can we practice to penetrate our feelings, our perceptions during our daily lives? We don’t deal with our perceptions and our feelings only during sitting practice. We have to deal with them all the time. We need to discuss among ourselves how to do it. Do you practice breathing between phone calls? Do you practice smiling while cutting carrots? Do you practice relaxation after hours of hard work? These questions are very practical.

— Thich Nhat Hanh, from "Being Peace"

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Discussion Date: Thu, Aug 18, 2011