The philosopher Blase Pascal once wrote that “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”
On the face of it this seems like it would be so easy to do. It’s similar to Zen meditation, which is often described as “just sitting.” Easiest thing in the world, right? If so, then why do so many people find it impossible to just sit in a chair for any length of time without doing anything?
In fact, this is one of the most complex things to do, and quite an achievement. (Try it sometime!) First off, most people just have to keep moving or they become uncomfortable. Second, our minds keep showering us with thousands of random thoughts, feelings and memories a day.
One of the only ways to learn to “sit quietly in a room alone” is by using zazen, the Zenmeditation we practice every Sunday night. We sit for a mere 20 minutes. Think you can handle that? Together, we can help others learn this valuable skill. We all face those same challenges but together we can help each other learn to clear the mind, to dispose of the clutter in the attic of your mind.
Clean the attic of your mind. Come to Rumi’s empty field. We’ll meet you there.