Cluttered, Clearing…Not So Cluttered

This year’s five day Western Zen Retreat began much as had all the others I’d attended: my mind filled with the beautiful and the painful and the mundane, the usual clutter of living in this particular world.

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 After a while–actually, not too long a while–my mind began to clear, thus making more than  ample room for

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screaming pain, great doubt and the kind of suffering you don’t want to know about.

 

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Imagine a malnourished and consequently really pissed lion raging inside  your brain, your knees and your hips.

 

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More time, a little more, then bango! the bolt of lightening, the pealing thunder, the parting clouds and voila!  Mind clutter pretty much cleared leaving nothing  but the knee pain, the hip pain, a wealth of smiles and more gratitude than a man in so much knee and hip pain could ever really account for.

 

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Ah, the good old Western Zen Retreat.

Chances are next year I’ll go back.

 

 

 

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  1. I know exactly how you feel. we all have our own demons. Mine is being overweight (fat). I am going for a two week visit to a fat farm in November. It is not ‘mind clutter’…but “fat clutter’.
    John

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  2. Consider that the experience of pain lets you know that you are still alive. Without it we would have nothing to bitch about.

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