How to Sit

Question for June 8th, 2010 from John:

What is the best way to sit? It seems to me, pretty useful, to ask an expert how to do something than to fumble around on my own for 100 years. So, how does one sit?

Time for another audio response...

After finishing this recording, I realized I left something out that may be useful for you, John:

I never make a plan to go out and sit. I never say, "Well, now I am going to get to the bottom of this and find out the truth," or whatever. Sitting is life. It is living. It moves everywhere I might go.

It is difficult to talk about, partly because it is very much like breathing. You don't make a plan for it, and it seems labored only after you notice it, haha. It is not an activity in that sense, because you cannot do anything about it, really. It is not something you do, in the usual sense of doing.

If you make a plan to sit, there is nothing wrong with that. But you might find eventually, the spaces in-between sitting become shorter and shorter...then it is all space.

By the way, the photos used in this post are of a favorite place of mine. It is all in one location. You would do well to find a similar place of your own. Nature sitting in nature... ;)

Inside Yoyogi Koen

Fountain

Yoyogi Koen Entrance

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