Seed Practice, or What I do2019.0116Rev.2019.0126 DRAFT
Here is how I practice:
I practice like a seed, sitting on the ground, sending roots through soil, and holding leaves to light.
First and foremost a seed sits on the ground.
First and foremost I sit, upright and still, alone and with others, regularly.
This is called zazen.
A seed sends roots through soil.
I engage with effort and do not shun the daily labor and soil of life.
A seed holds leaves to light.
I pray (often passionately) to or as if to God, and I pay attention to luminous words, old and new.
I hold out my arms, like branches or wings of care and inquiry,
and with them I embrace the world.
I travel the world, watering seeds,
and I keep practicing like a seed on the ground.
In zazen I gently and continually return attention to breath,
In zazen, zazen itself is my only prayer.