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Sitting Still

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This is a thought for the day from Eknath Easwaran. I’m quite sure he would add cell phones to the list of activities we need to quell if he were alive today. Are you up for a text free Sunday?

All human evil comes from this: a man’s being unable to sit still in a room.
   – Blaise Pascal

Unless we train it, the very nature of the mind is to keep on hopping from one thing to another, almost at random. The mind can be very usefully employed, but it has to be trained for its job. Too much of the time the mind is engaged in negative thinking, either about others or about ourselves – a destructive occupation. Training the mind means establishing and maintaining sound shop standards: good, creative, consistently kind thinking, and no around-the-clock activity, either. When the mind has nothing productive to do, we need to learn how to close up shop and let it rest. – Eknath Easwaran

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