Daily Wisdom / Zen

Restraint

book coverWhen we hold still, we create a field of clarity for ourselves. We learn restraint. Yes, there are parts of the self that resist that clarity, and then the body jumps into movement to cloud the field: we scratch our nose, rearrange our limbs, and shift our attention. And we miss the moment of holding still, of clarity and readiness. Doing this practice for many years, I find that learning restraint in this way is especially valuable for people like me who jump around from one thing to the next. The restraint of holding still allows me to enter a state of presence and intimacy that I wouldn’t get to otherwise. Without it, I might embarrass myself by getting up and walking out of the meditation room!

From Most Intimate: A Zen Approach to Life’s Challenges by Pat Enkyo O’Hara, page 38

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