Who Are You, and What Are You?

What Is Your Real Purpose in Life?

Prison or Paradise?

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I live day-to-day inside a paradise or a prison—depending upon what day it is. And/or what conditions I’m living in at the time.

The body can be a wonderful place. Its joys and pleasures are the subject of much of the world’s music and art. Eating a delicious meal, being intimate with a lover, spending time in nature—I could fill up the rest of this page with the joys of living life.

The body also can be a torture chamber. It is subject to sickness and diseases that inflict horrible pain and suffering. As soon as you reach adulthood, the body has already begun breaking down from aging. Its various failures begin to limit the joys and pleasures you otherwise might enjoy. Organs and limbs no longer work like they once did. You can’t eat this or that, and you can’t do many things you used to do. If you’re fortunate, your slowly deteriorating body gives you good days and bad days. Your chief focus is to get through the bad days and taste the joys—as much as possible—of the good days.

It gets worse. The older you get, the more bad days you have, and the fewer good days. Dammit, old age sucks. On some of the baddest of the bad days, you think about how nice it might be to be released from your body. To be free of your bodily pain and limitations. How wonderful it might be to move on to whatever comes after this. Of course, you don’t know for sure what comes afterward—if anything. But the chances are good that you would at least be released from this bodily torture.

So now, after all this whining and complaining, what am I offering you in return for reading my blathering? I always feel compelled to offer something useful—something positive—in return for reading my stuff. Okay, here it is: It’s Zen.

More specifically, it’s the Original Zen that was taught by Bodhidharma.

So here’s a question: What if I had to make a choice between all the pain meds and anti-inflammatories the doctor could give me—versus my Zen practice? Which would I choose? If you’ve read much of my stuff, you know the answer to that.

Written by Eduardo Mitchell

August 7, 2015 at 1:13 pm

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  1. Good to hear you’re still around, I’d lost track and came across your post by chance. Just downloaded your book from Amazon UK

    tiramit

    August 8, 2015 at 10:13 am

    • Likewise, tiramit…I remember your posts from before. No, I haven’t posted much in the last year chiefly because of a medical problem…which now I’m glad to report is no more. I guess that I was selfish in taking care of myself during that time and perhaps ignoring other things that are important to me. Thanks for getting one of my books. I’m always glad to hear feedback from anybody who does me the honor of reading what I write. Namaste.

      Eduardo Mitchell

      August 9, 2015 at 9:11 pm


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