Look at how the ant walks on the sand. It’s not that the ant’s mind is complicated. It’s the environment. When you feel unsettled, it is reflected in your mind.
Facing each other is essential, to the other person and to yourself. But not always.
Before facing the situation, there is an essential thing. Walk alongside.
At the trail’s edge, a butterfly flutters down on a flower in front of me. The butterfly and myself are connected by the same air. This picture was a gift.
Here’s the formula for any learning. (A) Connection to yourself x (B) Iteration x (C) Continuation. How connected, how iterative matters most.
A wish is a word that can be voiced in a few seconds. Keep your wishes in mind, vocalize them, and listen to them yourself. They become your aspiration.
Many things go wrong in our daily lives. But we cannot change the world around us. You can only change your next action. You can always change your next action.
Think of the drills. An electric drill. A math drill. A marching band drill. An evacuation drill. They have one thing in common. The power of focused iteration.
The four deeds in Zen. Share, Love, Serve others, Treat equally. Practice kindness. Speak kind words out loud. You will be surprised by how powerful they are.
We think with our minds and act on what we think. James Gibson flipped this view called the nature of our interaction with our environment affordance.
Self-cultivation is not about doing hard work or forcing yourself to achieve an objective. The essence is in sitting with composure and emptying the mind.