– Heartwood Path Waypoint 1.16 –
Meditation And Action
Commemorating The Good Work Of Others
Inner work, often done on meditation cushions, is the first step but it cannot be the last. Those “who think that the world will take care of itself if only they sit well on their cushions are as lopsided as those who are so obsessed with practical actions to save the environment that they have no time for inner work” (George, 1995, p. 113). I would add that those who only seek to appreciate their attractions in nature and who do not take practical actions on behalf of nature are likewise lopsided.
We sometimes hear that our suffering is due to our clinging on to our status or to our reputation. We are told that meditation is a way to free ourselves from such attachments.
We all know that meditation is a good way to do nothing and still be respectable. Meditation cushions are always dirty because the meditators, especially those who have become free of attachments, no longer have the parts they need for vacuum cleaning.
Here’s one way to act positively, even if it is not you that is doing the acting.