“A warrior is only a man. A humble man. He cannot change the designs of his death, But his impeccable spirit, which has stored power after stupendous hardships, can certainly hold his death for a moment, a moment long enough to let him rejoice for the last time in recalling his power. We may say that that is a gesture which death has with those who have an impeccable spirit.”
Carlos Castaneda

Journey to Ixtlan

Light and Mud


I think I got this nice meditation story from the first book about meditation I ever read. I’m sure that book was given to me by Shira, though I’m not sure it was where I got this story:

A meditation practitioner comes to his teacher after a meditation practice and excitedly tells the teacher “this time I saw the light” to which the teacher replies “keep practicing and it will go away”.

I’ve been (much to my surprise) doing quite a bit (much more then I’ve ever done before) of digging … and its quite muddy outside (transitioning to from winter to spring). Fortunately I have a pair of rubber boots which protect me from the mud itself. Yet sometimes, when I am done working the boots are covered with mud with quite a bit clinging to the soles. For that we have an inverted-U-shaped metal bar stuck in the ground which is used to get the chunky parts of the mud off.

Yet I am never quite happy with the way the boots are left … that is … muddy. So I’ve been thinking if there is an easy way to get the mud off. There are a few ways … but I found that the easiest way comes in the spirit of the meditation teaching. If you keep wearing and working with the boots eventually the mud will come off on its own!

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