Sitting through difficulties

Courtesy bartimaeus-Creative CommonsSitting practice is just that – practice to sit (and stay) through whatever arises. Acceptance is liberating.

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File:An Afghan elder and his cat sit outside his store at the Anaba bazaar in Panjshir province, Afghanistan.jpg

When we sit we are doing two things. First, sitting becomes a container; whatever has happened we sit still and feel it. The other side of sitting is the stillness of non-reactivity. We feel all…without doing anything to anybody. The feeling becomes our own responsiblity. Instead of our attention being directed, as it usually is, to making somebody else treat us differently, the way we want to be treated, we come back to experiencing what is at stake in being treated this way, what the hurt is really all about, and who we think we are that we can be hurt.

Barry Magid, Ending the Pursuit of Happiness

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