Daily Wisdom / Zen

Noticing What Blinds Us

book coverBeing this moment is who we are. In being the awakened life we are, our practice effort is noticing what blinds us. These blinders are self-centered emotion—thoughts interwoven in forms, conceptions, and sensations. Practice effort may be defined as labeling thoughts and being bodily present, as noticing strategies and experiencing, as koan practice, as breathing, or just sitting. If we are unclear, we may think practice is about making things better, about changing and improving. Though improvements may occur, they are not the aim of practice.

From Everything Is the Way: Ordinary Mind Zen by Elihu Genmyo Smith, page 41

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