We should maintain that if an interpretation of any word in any religion leads to disharmony and does not positively further the welfare of the many, then such an interpretation is to be regarded as wrong; that is, against the will of God, or as the working of Satan or Mara.

Buddhadasa Bikkhu, a Thai Buddhist Monk

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sitting & Non-sitting Time

We have so many compartments in our lives.  How can we bring meditation out of the meditation hall and into the kitchen, and the office?  In the meditation hall we sit quietly, and try to be aware of each breath.  How can our sitting influence our non-sitting time?  When a doctor gives you an injection, not only your arm but your whole body benefits from it.  When you practice half an hour of sitting meditation a day, that time should be for all twenty-four hours, and not just for that half-hour.

Thich Naht Hanh,
Peace is Every Step, 34

How, indeed, do we in our Christian tradition transform non-worship time with our worship?  How do we teleport our hymns, litanies, prayers, and readings into the kitchen and the office?  This is a question that every church, pastor, church board, and national church agency should be wrestling with.  The question of injecting non-sitting time with sitting time injections is, in fact, a core question and central challenge for all of religion.