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    On May 26, 2018 david doane wrote:

     In reading this passage, some of my favorite quotes come to mind.  Rumi said, "Silence is the language of God, all else is a poor translation."  According to Pascal, "All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone."  And Lin Yutang's "If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live."  'Do nothing' means to me to do no thing, and simply be mindfully present.  I allowed life to interrupt sadness when I paused to sit in my back yard, took in the beauty of nature, settled into it, felt together with it, and felt soothed and nurtured by it.  Such moments are an example of 'keep on moving' by being goallessly present in the flow of life which is very different than keeping our lives moving by determined goal-direct effort.

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