Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Obstacle and The Path

"The obstacle is the path." - Zen proverb


Let that sink in and make your brain sizzle and hurt.

Hurt in a good way, in the way that Zen proverbs are supposed to make your brain burn, and your mind confused, so that you bypass your consciousness, so that you "live the layers, not in the litter," as poet Stanley Kunitz wrote.

That line, he said, came to him in a dream.

The obstacle is the path and the dream becomes the line.

1 comment:

  1. It's that lightness of the phrase that gives it its weight.

    The more simple, the more multi layered.

    Just 5 or 6 words that leave you so frozen, you have to be quiet, so you can think.

    And if you act on any of these insights?

    Think of the marvelous ways your life can become what you hope it can be.

    Beautiful post.

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