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The seat granted: 

"When I eat, I eat, when I sleep, I sleep" says the wise man, 

Do nothing but sit and then do nothing but cook, eat, simply live, but live fully.

Sitting down is both disarmingly simple because it is our natural seat, that of babies who without tension hold their spine straight but relaxed on their sacrum and at the same time extremely complicated because in our proactive lives we have lost the sense of balance. 

Driven by our thoughts, it is often our head that drives our body, mentally but also physically. The exercise of observing oneself walking can be interesting to situate our way of living in the world:  do we put our heads first or our steps? Let's walk in  fear or is it confidence that lives in us? 

Building a dialogue with your body and giving it the necessary space for the involuntary is  the base of the seat.  

We don't decide the posture  but we enter into cooperation, we literally emancipate ourselves in the realization  from  body-mind.  

Sitting involuntarily transforms our relationship to the world.

So before sitting, if we feel the need, we can create a "space of resonance" favorable to the natural equilibrium of the posture: engage thanks to a few opening movements and once the axis is established, let yourself be supported by gravity, the spine emancipates naturally. 

Without straining or forcing anything, one relaxes in attentive presence, paying attention to the tucked chin, the long neck and the pelvis well anchored on the sacrum. Finally, we place the palm of the left hand on the palm of the right hand in an egg shape delicately placed on the snout.

Thoughts come and go, noises, sounds, smells, tensions, relaxations also flow and visit us, we let them. The breath is simply welcomed and in the same way we let it find its own rhythm without will.

We enter into the state of "BEINGWITH" which is, in a continuous movement.  

 

The main thing when we sit  is to enter into benevolence, to remember that there is nothing at stake and that our sitting will be the right one because it is the one that is revealed today. Each person is different, each body is different, each day is different, each echo of the living is specific to the reality of the moment, each zazen too.

​ Also before sitting down  we can if we feel the need  create "a space of resonance" conducive to the natural balance of the posture:  engage thanks to a few opening movements and once the axis is placed  let support by  gravity, the column emancipates naturally. 

Without stretching or forcing anything, we relax in the attentive presence.  pay attention to the chin  tucked in, the neck long and  to the pelvis well anchored on the sacrum. Finally we put the palm of the left hand on the palm of the right hand in an egg delicately placed on the groin.

Thoughts come and go  noises, sounds, smells, tensions, relaxations also flow  and visit us,  we let them. The breath is welcomed simply and in the same way it is allowed to find its rhythm without will.

We enter the state of "BOW" which is,  in a continuous motion.  

 

The main thing when you sit down, I believe, is to return to benevolence, to remember  that there is no stake and that our base will be the right one because the one that is revealed today. Every person is different, every body is different, every day is  different, each echo of the living is specific to the reality of the moment, each  also zazen.

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Sitting in the involuntary transforms our relationship to the world.

 

A Zazen introduction by  Issho Fujita