One unthinkable step

//One unthinkable step

One unthinkable step

What if everyone at rush hour in the Paris Métro really listened to that recorded voice that says sometimes, « Attention à la marche en descendant du train, » (Watch your step when leaving the train)? That is, what if each person paid attention just for a second to one step? What if everyone just for a moment was truly present?
I can’t « think » what or how it would be (it’s « unthinkable »), but I’d love to experience it.

By | 2017-04-04T06:58:19+01:00 décembre 7th, 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. Ting 9 décembre 2009 at 20 h 54 min - Reply

    Imagine..all the people..
    Your idea wakes John Lennon up from the dead, Sensei.

    Being together in practice, in meditation, in taking one mindful step, is like flowing over.
    The whole is more then the sum of the parts.

    Years ago we had a Buddhist party and we lit something like a hundred wax lights packed together.
    That was a bad idea.
    Soon a small firestorm developed on our altar and we could barely stop it from setting the house on fire.

    I imagine that is what it would be like.

  2. dandelion 8 décembre 2009 at 11 h 12 min - Reply

    never heard this voice as a reminder of mindfulness, rather as an ennoying part of Parisian public transport that disturbs or interrupts your reading, talking or sleeping. so thanks for this new aspect… and like Wilem said: nice thought 🙂

  3. wild primula 8 décembre 2009 at 10 h 47 min - Reply

    But also: it is perfect as it is!
    For it is real.
    and it is there…
    just the way it is!

  4. little lake 8 décembre 2009 at 10 h 41 min - Reply

    i want to be there to…
    and present…

  5. Wilem.. 7 décembre 2009 at 21 h 25 min - Reply


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