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The Middle Path April 19, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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IMGP2584bA husband asked a Zen master to intercede on his behalf with his wife as she had a very uncharitable nature.

The Zen master agreed to speak with her.  He put his clenched fist under her nose and asked, “If your hand was always like this what would you call it?”

“Deformed.”

He then held his hand wide open and asked, “If your hand was always like this what would you call it?”

“Deformed”

The Zen master nodded.

“A naturally functioning hand opens and closes. It remains flexible, neither locked into one extreme nor the other.  Just as a hand at rest is neither clenched nor wide-spread so too is our natural state.  We are not one thing or another.”

With that, he walked away.

Aah . . . that’s better!