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Saying Yes to Life

A book one wants to love, but can't: Zen teacher Ezra Bayda's Saying Yes to Life (Even the Hard Parts).

The format: small, but with big whitespace, wide margins, gray decorations.

The length: by word count more booklet than book.

The language: flat, few metaphors, scant imagery, frequent non sequitur.

But faint, sporadic sparkles:

One lonely, twinkling star:

A flash of lightning:

One of the most powerful tools for awakening truth in the midst of your chaotic daily life is to take frequent pauses. Simply stop for a moment and feel what your life is right now. Right now: stop reading and simply experience what this moment feels like.

                              You can take these pauses anytime throughout the day. Sitting down to meditate is helpful but it's not necessary. Just settle into any moment and simply feel it. With whatever arises—anger, anxiety, restlessness—you don't have to "let it go" because, after all, that would just be more doing, more effort. Just let it be there. Remind yourself to feel this.

Overall: weak tea, though with great poetic potential.

(cf. Bursting the Bubble of Fear (2014-03-26), Being Zen (2014-05-26), ...) - ^z - 2014-07-08