There is only one thing for you to do

August 24th, 2008

This is so staggeringly simple you’ll want to sit down and see how it works in real life.

Compassion = No judgment
Authenticity = No deception
Freedom = No thought
Fearlessness = No ego
Love = No self

Making more of it is making it up. No need to research or study, analyze or compare. No slideware, no book, no CDs, no subscriptions. No seminars, no webcasts. No invention or interpretation.

There is only one thing for you to do. Sit down and practice. Everything else happens by itself.

Presented in public service and courtesy of a wide-eyed teacher 2,500 years ago.


  1. Staggeringly simple yet harder than hell. Practice, practice, practice.

    Comment by Kathleen Botsford — August 24, 2008 @ 12:58 pm

  2. So simple and yet many of us find is so hard to practice in our everyday life. Gassho.

    Comment by Anna — August 24, 2008 @ 5:50 pm

  3. And then what happens?

    Comment by mapelba — August 25, 2008 @ 1:13 am

  4. You can tell me.

    Comment by Karen Maezen Miller — August 25, 2008 @ 2:47 am

  5. I love this post! 🙂

    Just practice… I often tell myself. I know the answers are there. I mean, I have felt them there. They’re waiting for me.


    Comment by Stacy (mama-om) — August 25, 2008 @ 3:04 am

  6. Wow. It sounds so simple.

    Comment by She She — August 25, 2008 @ 2:35 pm

  7. You’re so right. Practice couldn’t be simpler. Resistance is complicated.

    Comment by Karen Maezen Miller — August 25, 2008 @ 3:52 pm

  8. Not a simple task at all, I think I shall be presuing this for the rest of my life and I will be grateful if I can sit for 5 minutes while my brain shuts up.

    Comment by Cat — August 25, 2008 @ 4:21 pm

  9. Cat, then sit for five minutes while your brain doesn’t shut up. It’s practice all the same, and it’s all there is to work with.

    Comment by Karen Maezen Miller — August 25, 2008 @ 4:25 pm

  10. I am 38. I have been working what seems like my entire life on one and two. I feel like in general, I practice that. Three four and five however are the struggle right now.
    Or maybe it’s just three I’m working on, and four and five are the struggle.

    Or maybe it just is.

    Comment by Rowena — August 25, 2008 @ 4:56 pm

  11. I read it. I think about it. I read some more. I listen to it. But I don’t sit. I think I want to sit so badly, I need the stillness. Why do I avoid it so? Stay attached to this machine on my lap instead of walking away and sitting.
    I sat this morning. I will sit again. and again.

    Comment by nyjlm — August 25, 2008 @ 6:05 pm

  12. Posting it on my desk. Thanks!

    Comment by spielbee — August 25, 2008 @ 8:35 pm

  13. Practice and then it happens. Why can’t I allow it to be that simple? Especially when life gets in the way.


    Comment by Debra W — August 25, 2008 @ 8:38 pm

  14. I could tell you, but then where would be the fun for you?

    Comment by mapelba — August 25, 2008 @ 10:48 pm

  15. Okay.

    Comment by Shelli — August 26, 2008 @ 9:18 pm

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