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This is the archive for March 2007

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Well, I suppose that should be a good news for me... Having no time to blog should mean that your life is full of things to do, and a full life is, for sure interesting.

Yet, I'd like to have more time to stop and think. Just think. Or, as in certain culture views and terms, to meditate.

Blog is meditation. Well, a kind of, for sure. On this line, and since I have no time to blog, here is a Zen koan I particularly love:

If you're hungry... eat.
If you're tired... sleep.

It may seem something nearly idiot, but you have to contextualize it. Many religions and spiritualism systems preach the mortification of the body, or worse, of the mind with abstention from the very basic needs animals (like it or not, this includes humans, that is, this includes you) have. Abstention from food and white nights are the favored targets of i.e. the Christian religion (just to name one that has quite some moment in the area where I live). Buddhist religion preaches the "way of the middle", and Zen philosophy advocates for the realization of human nature. You got to know what's meant to be human if you want to be something better. The idea behind the "way of the middle" is that, yo, if you don't eat and don't sleep for three days in a row you're GONNA have some visions for sure... but they're a byproduct of your wounded body and mind, and are quite distant from enlightenment.

We're human: that means we're partially animals. Neglect it, and you'll neglect a truth; neglecting a truth is blinding your sight, and a perfect sight is the prerequisite for awareness, which is needed for awakening.

So, if you're hungry, eat. If you're tired, sleep.

This remembers me that I am tired. I am going to sleep.