March 19, 2011

The Zen of Simple Living

A new monk went to the Master and said, "I have just entered the monastery: please give me some guidance."

The master asked, "Have you eaten your rice gruel?"

"Yes I have eaten", the novice answered.

"Then go wash your bowl," the master advised. 

- Zen saying

Just living is a full time job. Simplifying allows one the freedom to give it the time and effort it deserves. It welcomes us to be aware of the moment, and experience it as the gift that it is.

It speaks to the simplicity of the moment when we focus on living. Zen also suggests, "When drinking tea, just drink tea".

Certainly we need to set time aside to consider both the past and the future, for we ignore these at our peril. Just don't do it when you are eating a banana.

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