“The Art Of Sitting. Really? Is there something like this? Has she gone mad or what? Heights of insanity to write on such a bizarre topic.” Many would jump into such conclusions seeing my topic for today( which I am finally writing, after ceaseless procrastination sessions😅).
Sitting. What comes into your mind when you think about this? Sitting and doing some work, sitting and waiting for someone or something, sitting and eating, sitting and talking, and then there are endless combinations to this. But, what about just sitting and doing nothing. When was the last time you did that? Never, I guess.
Even if you have wanted to do, your mind would have never let you do it. Full of thoughts of past regrets and future worries and tonnes of unnecessary baggage. Always thinking about “What’s next?”. And is there any remote control to stop this processing unit of our body? No, I guess( I don’t know about the future technology😅).
When, I think about this situation in a parallel psychological way. About how we are not able to practice this art of sitting. We spend most part of our lives doing two things: First is decorating our homes with necessary and unnecessary material possessions and second is thinking about how to achieve the first goal.
Our lives are nothing but the dichotomization of these two things. We, keep on chasing with our mind as well as our body to gather best out of everything, so that we could make ourselves comfortable in our homes. We stuff our houses with these things. Thinking that the presence of those lifeless things would give us joy as well as satisfaction that we have done so much that we could show this to others or flaunt about. And then making others jealous will give us a more satisfactory sense of belief in ourselves( because we are not enough to think about this, we long for justification). And this it. Our life starts and ends with this. And yes, this is the bitter reality.
Could you even fathom about what a terrible mistake we all are making? We all are taking for granted, the most precious gift that is been given to us to take care of. Ourselves. You. I. Us. We.
” Go back and take care of yourself. Your body needs you, your feelings need you, your perceptions needs you, your suffering needs you to acknowledge it. Go home and be there for all these things”.
Yes, sit and acknowledge these things. Make the best use of this moment and be kind to yourself. When we would be able to acknowledge these things with open eyes, we would be able to make it easy for others as well.
Sit. Stay calm. And practice this art of sitting.
” The present moment contains past and future. The secret of transformation is the way we handle this very moment.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh