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Zen Paradigm - Stop thinking and talking…

Posted Sep 07 2008 2:21am

Siddhasana / Meditate

Stop thinking and talking about it and there is nothing you will not be able to know.

I’ve been rereading Julie Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” and came across this Zen paradigm in the margins. After reading it once, I stopped to think about what it meant. When I see two negatives in a sentence, it always gives me pause.

Stop thinking and talking about it and there is nothing you will not be able to know.

When I encounter a statement I wish to ponder, I like to reword it, pull it apart and think about it more.

Stop thinking and talking about it. That alone is something to ponder. How often do we think about writing a book, getting a new job, making new friends, taking a cooking class - anything that requires action. Yet we think about it and think about it until we decide it takes too much effort or we drop the idea and start thinking about doing something else – again, thinking but not acting on the thought. We spend so much time in our heads and get nothing accomplished.

The same could be said about talking about something. We talk to our friends when something is bothering us. We talk about our dreams, our worries, our desires, our complaints, but if we don’t take any action to change the situation, we are caught in an endless cycle of wishes and negative talk.

The second part of this Zen paradigm, there is nothing you will not be able to know. Reworded, it says you will know. Stop thinking and talking about it, and you will know.

What do we know? We know the answers.

The answers to what? To whatever we are dreaming about and worrying about.

If we are in touch with who we truly are, we can bring the question or discussion to our heart. Our heart knows the answer. But in order to hear the answer, we must be still. We must find a place of solitude and silence.

Try it now. Find a quiet space. Sit comfortably on the floor or a chair. Take several deep breaths and let the air out slowly. Become relaxed. Pose the question to your heart . Sit for several minutes or as long as it takes. In the silence, an answer will come.

In the process of meditating, we become intuitive. We know the answers to difficult questions. Each of us has the capability to move from inaction to action by being silent. Try it out. You’ll be surprised at the answers you receive from your heart.

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