Simply Sitting

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There is nothing more simple than just sitting.  Not sitting to learn (though you might), not sitting for clarity (though it's likely), nor sitting for some epiphany (you can't force understanding); but sitting just to be - to feel the flow of life coursing through your veins.  To breathe, knowing that our breath is the furnace of life.

Sitting can be scary if you are used to being busy all of the time, but give it a try.  Sitting can be the foundation for a rich and meaningful life.

Sit anywhere:  outside in the sun, on the end of your bed, in your favorite chair, on a cushion, or even in your car.  Just sit.

If you hear sounds of joy, such as birds singing or children laughing, then hear sounds of joy.  If you hear sounds of sorrow, your regrets or fears bubbling up from deep within, then hear sounds of sorrow and know that they are only thoughts and that they will pass.

Sit and smile, or sit and cry.  Sit and be yourself -you don't have to do anything at all. This moment is for you.

Simply sit.

Let life flow.

Be yourself.

Breathe.

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13 comments:

  1. I worry about this new generation that always has a gadget in their hands. They don't know how to "Be still and know..."

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    1. Hi Diane,

      I've had spells where it's a problem for me as well. I do know that I'm a lot happier and settled when I take the time to sit quietly.

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    2. I agree with you Diane. Recently it was said in the news that we are less innovative in Denmark than we used to be. I think it is because people never get bored anymore and give themselves time to think.

      Best,
      Anders Hasselstrøm

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  2. That was my favorite part about sailing--putting the boat on autohelm and just watching the coastline go by. There doesn't always need to be noise, or distraction.

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    1. I think I'd love sailing - if someone else did the sailing for me and I was just along for the ride.

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    2. There are lot of RV parks in Clear Lake... ;-)

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  3. Agreed Diane, but their parents aren't setting much of an example either.

    One of my fave things to do is sit outside with a drink and look at the sky and the trees. I can do this for hours at a time. Great stuff.

    Thanks for a terrific post, Dan!

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    1. Sitting out with a drink, looking at the trees, sky, or water are second only to listening to live music with a drink.

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  4. It is never truly quiet, not even in the countryside. There are the sounds of the crickets, the breezes gently blowing upon some flittering leaves... These are the moments that we need to take in, the subtle sounds and whisperings of nature. What better way to do it than sitting outside!

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    1. Hi Cheryl,

      I love night sounds when sitting outside. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Today there was a slight chill in the wind, but the sun was bright and warm. I stopped my busyness to simply sit, close my eyes and face the sun. I did nothing but experience the warmth that covered my body. It did recharge me.

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