Giving myself to it

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Giving myself to it

Newspaper work all day. Arriving in early afternoon, a colleague says, I wonder how many people died in Afghanistan today.
Later, at home in my room, I notice that outside the window the sky is a stunning blue.
Then I wonder when was the last time I sat.
It occurs to me that sitting, what is often called meditation, can be simply understood as just opening to this life as it is. It’s nothing but coming back to this very moment of my being, giving myself to it. So simple.
It’s just the blue sky, the orange curtains, the tired eyes, the water running in the kitchen, a recollection of something said weeks ago, a smile, the tilt of an eyebrow in a photograph I haven’t seen for years, a tinge of undefined longing. And then it’s not.
I don’t know how many people were born or died today in Afghanistan or anywhere else.
I don’t know a thing. I don’t even know that.
All I do is give myself to that.

By | 2015-10-02T12:48:19+01:00 septembre 6th, 2009|Textes|5 Comments

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Enseignante Zen et poète, Sensei Amy “Tu es cela” Hollowell est née et a grandi à Minneapolis, aux Etats-Unis. Arrivée en France en 1981 pour étudier la littérature et l’histoire, elle y est restée, s’installant à Paris, où elle élève ses deux enfants et gagne sa vie en tant que journaliste. The Zen teacher and poet Amy “Tu es cela” Hollowell Sensei was born and raised in Minneapolis, but came to France in 1981 to study literature and history and has lived in Paris ever since, raising her two children and making a living as a journalist.


  1. Wilem.. 9 septembre 2009 at 19 h 28 min - Reply

    Merci Sensei, je t’adore..

  2. Tu es cela 8 septembre 2009 at 18 h 55 min - Reply

    I offer simply "yes," "yes" and "yes" to each of your kind comments.

  3. Wilem.. 8 septembre 2009 at 13 h 06 min - Reply

    Tu es cela..mais je ne sais pas..

  4. Ting 7 septembre 2009 at 17 h 31 min - Reply

    Hi Tu,

    What is the best way to describe this relationship; giving oneself to it? Opening to it? Coming back to it? Loving it? Being it? What about; being in self-evident harmony with it?

    Maybe putting it in words is – like they say in the Blue Cliff Record -“adding frost to snow”.

    Am glad you take up another season of teaching.


  5. Juan 7 septembre 2009 at 17 h 00 min - Reply

    Have you had your breakfast today?

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