A Thought to Carry with You
"Complications are auspicious," the classical Zen "Song of the Jewel Mirror Awareness" tells us; "do not resist them." Why auspicious? Wouldn't we rather bypass complications? In his poem "Earth Verse," Gary Snyder gives us six clues that point towards an answer:
"Wide enough to keep you looking
Open enough to keep you moving
Dry enough to keep you honest
Prickly enough to make you tough
Green enough to go on living
Old enough to give you dreams"
The prickly, the dry, the unsettled: these qualities which we tend to avoid can come as gifts to spur us forward in our life's quest. They strengthen us, make us honest, bring us into more intimate connection with the living earth and her inhabitants.
Snyder must have chosen the last line with special care. The length and breadth of our life experience -- that which makes us old -- is what grants us vision of a course worthy of humanity. A worthwhile vision is sorely needed now. So we will take complications in stride and contemplate what surprising truths they can show us.
Your Spirituality & Practice Team
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Patricia Campbell Carlson