How dirt is filtered through an empty mind

“Zazen (Zen meditation) is like water in a glass. Let the water sit quietly and soon the dirt will sink to the bottom.” –Zen master Taisen Deshimaru

On the surface zazen would appear to be the easiest thing in the world: Sit in a chair for 15 or so minutes with an empty mind. But did you ever try to empty your mind? The first 20 seconds is easy but then the thoughts start to bombard your mind. To try to empty your mind only creates more thought bombs.

In fact, it takes practice – so that’s why we refer to Zen as “a practice.” Some people practice for years before they can find their empty  mind. For others, it’s an easy week or so at 5 minutes a day. It depends on how busy your mind is to begin with.

But zazen is a skill you can carry with you the rest of your life; it is free and always available to you whether you’re on a mountain path or a busy city sidewalk. It is a sanctuary that you come to treasure, much like a tropical beach, where you are all alone in silence and peace with the waves and the sea and the sky and the air.

Truly a treasure.

Be well. Live in peace.