Tuesday, August 11, 2015

№ 205. Cafeteria at the Edge of the Universe

Pico Iyer, in his book “The Art of Stillness,” recounts his meeting with Cohen at a Zen monastery up on the hills outside Los Angeles. Cohen, without any irony, told Iyer that sitting still was the “real deep entertainment” he had found in his 61 years on the planet. In his book, Iyer declares: “Going nowhere … isn’t about turning your back on the world; it’s about stepping away now and then so that you can see the world more clearly and love it more deeply.”

Indeed, the real purpose of mindfulness is not to tune out and get away from the world, but to calm the mind and in the process gain a deep sense of clarity about ourselves and the world we live in. (What Mindfulness Is Not)

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