"Don't just do something, sit there! "
It took me a couple of readings to understand that simple sentence.
The first time I read it, my mind was only able to register, "Don't just sit there, do something!", the version we are all familiar with.
"With all this socially engaged work, first you must learn what the Buddha learned, to still the mind. Then you don't take action; action takes you."
This, according to the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh who was 'exiled from Vietnam in the 1960s for his nonviolent antiwar activities' and who now runs the Plum Village meditation center in southwestern France where 'he regularly hosts, among others, Palestinians and Israelis in workshops on conflict resolution and peace negotiation.'
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