This week’s inspiration come from Nicholas who recently emailed me a collection of Zen anecdotes
Traveler: “What kind of weather are we going to have today?”
Shepherd: “The kind of weather I like.”
Traveler: “How do you know it will be the kind of weather you like?”
Shepherd: “Having found out, sir, that I cannot always get what I like, I have learned to always like what I get. So I am quite sure we will have the kind of weather I like.”
Zen has a delicious way of nailing something so economically – one could say that to grasp this truth is to grasp the whole of enlightenment teaching. It is our endless desire for things to be or not be a certain way that causes all of our discontent (suffering as the Buddha called it).
Another way I’ve heard it put is ‘life becomes easy when you don’t pick and choose’
Meditation is the super highway into this state of being