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Just Sitting 


Just sitting, 

without more. 

(Absolutely simple, 

  but not at all easy.) 

Without more. 

Without following thoughts

or adding to them. 

Without holding onto, or fleeing, 

or trying to alter sensations. 

Without grasping after

or pushing away images. 

Without referencing self.

Without referencing others. 

Or doing all of these 

as a mirror, unsullied, reflects clouds. 

Then you are simply the universe – 

no, the ground of the universe – 

manifesting itself. 

Then you center all just as

each and every 

likewise centers you. 

The universe, or its ground


doesn’t need the help

of your self control 

to make it all work. 

This ground can be given a name, 

but it doesn’t need one

and isn’t limited by one. 

It doesn’t have a form, 

but ‘it’ takes all forms. 

So, just sitting, 

you manifest it. 

Often, you think and feel 

you don’t do so, 

that you are apart and incomplete

(those clouds), 

but ‘it’ sees through that

when you just sit. 

And standing up,



without consciously intending

to help, 

cannot help 

but to

speak and act. 


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  1. Agnieszka permalink

    Dear Martin,
    It is a wonderful reminder, a call to come back home, to the formless ground …
    Thank you,

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