We might think that knowing ourselves is an ego-centered thing, but by looking at ourselves, we begin to dissolve the walls that separate us from others.
Over a long and brilliant career, the poet and singer has lived many lives already, from essence of hip to celebrated lover to serious Zen man.
“What is happiness?” asked psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. He found it in a state of mind beyond results and rewards and called it “the flow.”
Gary Davis was called a devil for the brutal murder he had committed, but on his long journey toward the death chamber, Gary Davis had profoundly changed.
According to Barry Boyce, if you start to look at trees more, you start to notice things. Their lordly, meditative pace can slow you down and stop you.
“You are not objects out there, you are not feelings, you are not thoughts-lessly aware of all those, so you are not those. Who or what are you?”
The message is that it’s fine for women to stray from sexist roles and play around with life on the other side, as long as we come back to our senses.
Claude AnShin Thomas, a Zen Peacemaker Priest from Concord, Massachusetts walks on pilgrimage across the United States.