Zen writing from the pen of M B Williams
02 Nov 2013 7 Comments
by Mark Williams
in Zen Thoughts
Tags: Enlightenment, inspiration, life, Philosophy, Poetry, Religion and Spirituality, Zen, Zen Mirror
This life is perfect just as it is
But still I try to change the world
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Nov 03, 2013 @ 15:17:38
Do you think it’s the urge for greatness in each of us?
Nov 03, 2013 @ 21:14:01
That is a positive way of thinking about it of course, but is this desire us wanting to fulfil our potential and be the best we can be? Or is it an enrichment of our self image, our ego, which we build up and attend to, even without realising it? Better surely just to watch the world unfold, including all of our own foibles and gain wisdom and enjoyment that way?
Nov 04, 2013 @ 14:02:04
In your answer just above, you yourself say that the world is ‘unfolding’. That means it’s not a fixed, static thing. Don’t you think the possibility is there that this urge to make the world a better place to be for all beings that live on Earth, including the Earth itself, might be a part, perhaps even an important one, of the ways intended from the start, to accelerate the Unfolding of a better and better world indeed?
Nov 04, 2013 @ 22:56:36
Yes, I do. I completely agree that the urge to change things can be a positive thing. But wanting to change the state of our mind can also be very destructive to our sense of peace. It is a difficult thing to explain: motion at peace is what we are after, not harmful movement that disturbs the one that is changing/doing the changing. I think the difference is in our focus – is it present based, or focussed on an imagined future?
Nov 06, 2013 @ 10:22:34
Was this intended to be a reply to my comment?…
Nov 07, 2013 @ 19:35:13
I suppose I was! I didn’t make a very good job of it though. What I was trying to say was that this better future you are talking about – we get it by concentrating on the present not the future. At least that’s the angle I’m aiming at right now.
Nov 08, 2013 @ 10:08:22
I understood and appreciated fully your first answer too, in its apparent akwardness which was in fact describing quite precisely the inner condition you were talking about…! Putting such inner states into words isn’t that easy, so congratulations! And thank you for taking the trouble of the second answer too!
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