“I have noticed that people are dealing too much with the negative, with what is wrong… Why not try the other way, to look into the patient and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?”
~Thich Nhat Hanh~
Thanks Thich Nhat Hanh. And thanks Tao and Zen FB for posting this.
Look for the good in everything, always. What you “emote” you create and bring forward in your life.
Your current daily emotional state is the indicator of what you have been vibrating earlier and what you are going to get in your future.
The whole process of nature is an integrated process of immense complexity and it is really impossible to tell whether anything that happens in it is good or bad, because you will never know what will be the consequences of the misfortune or you will never know what will be the consequences of the good fortune.
A parable about life and nature narrated by Alan Watts, animated by Steve Agnos, and with music by Chris Zabriskie. “The whole process of nature is a process…
Zen is a tool, not an identity.
Beware the danger of identification to any belief system, the ego loves it.
Is this affirmation not a lack of respect, towards Zen itself? No, I think it’s not.
If you can’t joke and laugh about Zen … than it’s not Zen at all! : )
So my best appreciations come for something that is not pretending a “forced respect”, something that loves you openly and unconditionally even if you laugh at it.
In Alchemy this is described as the “Law of the Mirror”:
only giving unconditional love you will receive unconditional love.
This concept is widely know also as the Karma.
And this indeed is generating the higher form of respect, something very powerful:
having the ultimate respect without pretending respect
described in the Tao Te Ching as “Wu Wei” or “acting without acting”.