the nature of change


Zen Dojo Sarbacana2
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A student went to his meditation teacher and said, “My meditation is horrible! I feel so distracted, or my legs ache, or I’m constantly falling asleep. It’s just horrible!”

“It will pass,” the teacher said matter-of-factly.

A week later, the student came back to his teacher. “My meditation is wonderful! I feel so aware, so peaceful, so alive! It’s just wonderful!’

“It will pass,” the teacher replied matter-of-factly.

I always think about our estimation of our skills when I hear this story. When we think we “suck”..this will pass. When we think we “have it” that too SHOULD pass, otherwise we have stagnated. Unfortunately, there are some out there who, by thinking that they are “the expert”, will never truly discover their real potential.

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3 thoughts on “the nature of change”

  1. I think it’s a modern/science/industrial mentality that we think that since we learn something do something or make something that we’re ‘done’ with it and it won’t change after that.

    Earlier, more agricultural societies KNEW this idea of cyclical change was the reality because of seasons and weather to be more realistic. It’s only in our minds that time/life/experience is a beautiful bell curve (like that plot curve you learned in English class). The reality is that we circle back on ourselves for good or bad all the time.

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