Ingrained filters

Out of nowhere, the mind comes forth.
The Diamond Sutra

Working with this koan alters how I might meet the world in two ways. In one twist, it opens life up in a way where I can’t expect anything to happen outside of the now, and in another, the koan takes my attention to my thoughts and opinions about what I come into contact with each moment. …

The fact that I take mundane shrubs, trees, stray cats, and rain squalls for granted or even consider them to be inconvenient nuisances is something the koan quietly forces me to examine more closely. What would life be like without these images, moments, and experiences? Do I create an inner world in which only some of what is present makes it through my ingrained mental filters? If yes, what would happen if I deconstructed these borders and removed them? Maybe everything that graces my life has a subtle extraordinariness and that allowing this connection to blossom on its own is a practice that takes place naturally when I just begin to notice.

Don Dianda, commentary on Zen koans in the Huffington Post

One thought on “Ingrained filters

  1. If you consider life, and every moment in it, to be a gift .. then everything life sends you also is a gift. The good or bad that we assign to happenings are constructs of our own making. If we remove these anything that happens just ‘is’ .. and each moment becomes neither good or bad. It is normal for people to waste a good part of their life fretting over the past or worrying about the future, neither one exists outside of our minds .. we should stay in the moment where life is really happening.

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