Fingertips lightly touching the ground

//Fingertips lightly touching the ground

Fingertips lightly touching the ground

Tonight, I’m ready to shut it all down and go to bed. The day was busy with the rigors of parenting, the grind of household duties. No time for « I »!
So after the last dishes are finally done, the night is quiet, I sit down, put the words here. Whatever words come. I know they will, although I don’t know what.
I’m thinking as ever about what this « practice » is, who does it and how, when and where. Why do I do it? What do I do?
People ask about it, the question comes up in study groups and more casual talk. Every time, I have a different reply, although I feel I always say the same thing.
It’s actually quite simple. This « Zen meditation » is really just taking a seat in the middle of whatever is going on, in the middle of the moment. Face to face with you.
In one of the classic images, the Buddha is sitting cross-legged, left hand resting palm-up in his lap, right hand hanging down, fingertips lightly touching the ground. This « earth-touching mudra » says it all, perfectly: Everything we need is here, this very seat is the ground of awakening.
It has nothing to do with Buddhism, Zen, robes, ceremonies, rituals, the color of your clothing or the cut of your hair, a title, position, attainment.
It has everything to do with just sitting down. With whatever comes. In the middle of your life. Fingertips lightly touching the ground. Or the dishwater.

By | 2017-04-04T06:58:19+01:00 octobre 16th, 2010|La pratique Zen|4 Comments

About the Author:

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. uhren fake 23 juillet 2013 at 3 h 37 min - Reply
  2. Juan 20 octobre 2010 at 10 h 25 min - Reply

    And the wheel keeps turning, tound and round

  3. Tu es cela 18 octobre 2010 at 23 h 04 min - Reply

    Thanks to you, too, Tiago.

  4. Tiago 18 octobre 2010 at 22 h 21 min - Reply

    "Fingertips lightly touching the ground. Or the dishwater."

    Inspiring as always. Thanks 🙂

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