Man is pure when desireless, simple when fearless.
Do I need what I want? No. What I need, I already have. Getting what I want requires the expenditure of effort. What is acquired through effort will require more effort to protect and maintain. That is what all effort leads to—more effort.
We cannot plan or prepare for the present moment. We enter it naked.
Fear and the future hold hands, finish each other’s sentences, cannot really be distinguished, and use the mind as an unregulated playground. To illustrate: Notice the breath. What are you afraid of in this moment, in the verticality of right now?
The hallmark of the hero is his detachment. As life directs, he’s ready to go. Or not. In either case, he’s untethered to an agenda. His heart sings a song to itself.