The planet is awakening to the fact that nothing is primary and all else is secondary. “Do you know how to do nothing?” asked Lao Tsu in The Sutra of the Way and its Power. He was asking if we know how to align ourselves with the power of the divine intelligence so that when nothing is done, nothing remains undone. Zen master Michael Elliston: “If you can sit and do nothing, then you can do virtually anything.”
I very much like the title of Zen Master Matthew Juksan Sullivan’s new book, The Garden of Flowers and Weeds. Oddly, the fulness of my affection obviates the need to buy the book.
Zen recommends a bit of front-walk sweeping done on the regular. The broom is your attention, the walkway your mind, the debris your thoughts. Visitors shouldn’t have to dance around a bunch of opinions just to knock on the door.
A work-life balance is not a splitting, not one thing and then another thing. It’s the consummation of doing and awareness. “Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.”
Fall down seven times, stand up eight.