Sunday, September 4

"In one of his insightful talks Zen master Shunryu Suzuki said that in your practice you should walk like an elephant.

It means to move at a comfortable pace. No rushing toward a goal. No push to make it all meaningful. The sometimes inscrutable texts of Taoism and Zen teach that it's important to do what you do without trying to accomplish anything.

You don't have to get anywhere. There are no goals and objectives: nothing to succeed in, and nothing in which to fail. You can sit in your house, as Thoreau did, and be attentive - his suggestion. "We are surrounded by a rich and fertile mystery. May we not probe it, pry into it, employ ourselves about it - a little? . . . If by watching all day and all night I may detect some trace of the Ineffable, then will it not be worth the while to watch?"
 - Thomas Moore
live and learn

  • ". . . as I have said often enough, I write for myself in multiplicate,
    a not unfamiliar phenomenon on the horizon of shimmering deserts."
    - Vladimir Nabokov