I have decided to take it upon myself to share some of the hidden jewels of enlightenment that I have encountered in my readings over the coming months.
Each Friday I hope to share with you a new piece of "Kid Lit Zen." I begin with a personal favorite of mine, Winnie the Pooh.
I would love to hear your thoughts as I embark on this journey. Please feel free to comment below or email me with your insights.
“Did you ever
and forget to start again?”
Winnie The Pooh
Sometimes we get so caught up in thinking, plotting, and planning, that we forget to act. Sometimes we get so caught up in working, exercising, and just getting through the day, that we forget to think.
But thinking without acting is pointless
And acting without thinking is reckless
Here lies the very heart of Zen: the balancing of opposites. The path to enlightenment requires harmony between the competing impulses of human nature - Masculine/Feminine, Active/Receptive, Mental/Emotional, etc.
But to bring ourselves into balance requires an awareness of our own imbalance. So take a moment, two or three times a day to just BE AWARE. Or in the words of Zen Master Ikkyu, “Attention, Attention, Attention.” Ask yourself if you’re thinking too much and doing too little; or giving too much and not allowing yourself to receive. Then make an effort to do or be more of what you lack.
And if it feels awkward at first, don’t worry. If a “bear of very little brain” can do it, so can you!