Excerpt About Nondoing

Nondoing Supports and Stabilizes the Realization of Presence

The practice of inquiry is actively engaged because we are engaged with life. We are living and we are active, and part of our living is the engaged practice of inquiry. Inquiry doesn’t mean that we are always asking ourselves questions. It doesn’t mean that we are always sitting around thinking. Inquiry is the natural and spontaneous flow of our interest in life. When something is not understood, a spontaneous movement and inquiry arises that may not even be formulated as a question. All we know is that something is not understood and, after a while, there is a revelation or a further discernment. The stillness and quietness of our concentration practice helps stabilize the condition of nondoing, which is the base of the practice of inquiry. Concentration and nondoing support and stabilize the realization of presence, the realization of true nature. Inquiry helps to discriminate and integrate this realization as well as to develop it and open it to further possibilities, which are partly a response to our life and its circumstances. As we understand the relationship of inquiry and nondoing, our practice becomes more aligned with the dynamic of realization. This maturation of practice, this ripening of wisdom, becomes a spontaneous recognition of the centrality of nondoing in practice. As we learn to simultaneously take responsibility for and be open to the revelation of Being, we learn the skill of nondoing. This doesn’t mean forgetting our practice or getting lost in distractions or indulging in reactions and preferences. Nondoing means that our practicing and Being manifesting become one movement in our direct, personal experience. Now, practice is consciously realization realizing realization. As we practice, Being is practicing.

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