In an earlier post about sitting, I tell you that when thoughts arise, you should notice them, catalog them, and then let them go. What do I mean by “cataloguing” thoughts?
In an earlier post about sitting, I mentioned that one way of bringing your attention back to the present moment is to “follow your breath,” but I didn’t expand on that concept. Now I will.
There are many benefits to sitting as described in this blog, but as it relates to quitting, the most important may be the development of what Suzuki Roshi described as “imperturbable composure.”
So, when you’re sitting, you’re going to have thoughts arise, and when they do, you’re supposed to acknowledge them, catalog them, and let them go. But how do you let them go?
Sit on the floor, with your legs crossed, facing a blank wall about an arm’s length away. Use a pillow or a small cushion to support your butt. If you can do the lotus pose, or the half lotus pose, so much the better.
The other day, I said “sitting really helps with this.” What did I mean by that?