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Selections from Donít Just Do Something, Sit There by Sylvia Boorstein, Copyright © 1996 by Sylvia Boorstein.  Reprinted with permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.  HTML and web pages copyright © by SpiritSite.com.
 


"You do not need to wait until a retreat time to start practicing. Nor do you need to go away to do your retreat."

Sylvia Boorstein, Donít Just Do Something, Sit There
Part 2

Donít Just Do Something, Sit There (continued)

Mindfulness practice is the habit of seeing things in an uncomplicated way. You do not need to wait until a retreat time to start practicing. Nor do you need to go away to do your retreat. If you can easily negotiate a supportive retreat space, thatís great. It is helpful to be away from familiar diversions and to have some seclusion. But if going away is not an option, you can do a retreat at home by ignoring familiar diversions, unplugging the phone, and posting a sign: "Three-Day Retreat in Progress."

Retreat practice starts before the retreat. It begins with the decision to practice, with the intention to be mindful. You have already started.

Cosmology Is Optional

You can practice mindfulness without any concern about compromising your religious beliefs or affiliations. It is true that the Buddha had a cosmology that might be different from yours, and it is true that the Buddha taught mindfulness as a main practice, but he didnít teach that cosmology and mindfulness were interdependent.

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