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.
What is the takeaway from this rising plethora of superhero movies? At the least, a couple of things. (1) Heroes need villains. (2) We’re increasingly estranged from what Zen calls ordinary mind and everyday life.
My aim right now is to have no aim. To be aimless.
One of Zen’s most archetypal images is that of a monk sweeping. On the outer level, the monk is dealing with sidewalk debris. On the inner level, he is clearing away bot thoughts.