The Art Of Sitting

“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 sessionsπŸ˜…).

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 technologyπŸ˜…).

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


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41 thoughts on “The Art Of Sitting

  1. Siddharth bhati

    I think it’s sort of chasing those fantasies or wild imagination which is in the mind.
    Which will never end.
    It’s sort of a delusion or a mirage.
    Great thinking. πŸ˜‰

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      1. Siddharth bhati

        It’s a mistake to think like that.
        Delusion can end if people know the pain that it gives.
        In a practical way, stop feeding thoughts and actions which are related to delusion, someday you will be free.

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      2. the undomestic writer

        It’s difficult to think about not thinking.😁 That’s why we have to practice that. Acknowledge those delusions and wash them away. Such an easy exercise. πŸ˜‚

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      3. Siddharth bhati

        Hahaha. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Yeah attention is the main thing. It’s practice, I think it’s human. You try and fail. That’s okay. But delusion is not bigger than truth, if someone believes in truth he or she will overcome it.

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      4. the undomestic writer

        That’s why even if we are able to practice this for even some time in a day, we would surely be able to get rid of this. I guess. 😁

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      5. Siddharth bhati

        If someone is very determined and has seen the pain, I think that person is suitable.
        Just because delusion is very tempting and deals very deeply, it’s hard to let it go even have logical solution.
        I know it’s the hardest thing to do. But if you want happiness it’s the only thing we need to overcome.

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      6. the undomestic writer

        Yes, I can understand that.
        I remembered my favourite lines by Murukami that, ” And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact whether the storm is really over. But, one thing is certain that when you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what storm is all about.”
        And I think pain is just like this storm, that’s what pain is all about. I know how painful it becomes even to think about such delusions in this case. Anyways, I didn’t wanted to go back in this zone. But, felt like sharing it.
        But yes,you are right it’s the only thing one could do to be happy. 😁

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      7. Siddharth bhati

        Even i dont want to go the zone of delusion. It’s worst things on earth.
        I really liked the quote. 😊
        Start reading vedanta.
        You will certainly get help.

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  2. Whoa, I have been thinking the exact same things recently! It’s like you read my mind!! It is so important that we let the flood of thoughts that keep invading our mind flow out for a bit and sit down. Empty our minds, and let firmness and peace fill that space. Beautifully written, kudos to you!

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