November 21, 2009
Tricycle's Daily Dharma
The Paradox of Practice
Just sitting means just that. That “just” endlessly goes against the grain of our need to fix, transform, and improve ourselves. The paradox of our practice is that the most effective way of transformation is to leave ourselves alone. The more we let everything be just what it is, the more we relax into an open, attentive awareness of one moment after another. Just sitting leaves everything just as it is.
- Barry Magid, “How to Change Your Mind,” Tricycle, Summer 2005