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...practicing non-doing...

“To the outside observer it might look strange, if not a little crazy. It looks like nothing is going on. And in a way nothing is. But it is a very rich and complex nothing…not just passing time daydreaming or sleeping. You cannot see what they are doing, but they are working hard. They are practicing non-doing. They are actively tuning in to each moment in an effort to remain awake and aware from one moment to the next. They are practicing mindfulness.

Another way to say it is that they are “practicing being”. For once, they are purposefully stopping all the doing in their lives and relaxing into the present without trying to fill it up with anything…purposefully allowing body and mind to come to rest in the moment, no matter what is on their mind or how their body feels…tuning in to the basic experiences of living. They are simply allowing themselves to be in the moment with things exactly as they are, without trying to change anything.”

- Jon Kabat – Zinn (Full Catastrophe Living)


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