Submitted by Ed ORourke on May 1, 2008 - 8:35pm.
The late Alan Watts popularized Zen Buddhism for Western audiences in the The Way of Zen and other books. He presented the idea of “sitting quietly, doing nothing.” Muddy water will eventually become clear when people stop stirring it. Individuals with difficulties would do well in sitting quietly not thinking about their difficulties and clearing their mind of all thoughts.
About 10 years ago, I felt this first hand. My boss got after me big time
over a trivial item. What is more was that I felt that I was right even after
his ranting and raving. This bothered me into the afternoon of the next day
when I was taking vacation time in
There is a dam and a waterfall about 100 feet below the park. The waterfall produces a constant powerful but gentle roar. I sat at the park just listening to the roar. About 10 minutes later, I realized that yesterday’s incident seemed like it happened years ago.
Since the park overlooks Texas Catholic Boys Camp (Tecaboca) where I had spent happy times as a camper and later in the kitchen crew, the positive feelings were easy to generate.
The lesson is that there are relaxing techniques that have nothing to do with drugs, alcohol, shopping, overeating, gambling and such activities.
Ed O’Rourke is an environmental accountant in