Friday, February 18, 2011

yin yang weather

Minus twenty something one day, plus five two days later, yo-yo weather in Montreal, sit comfortably inside and watch the storm outside. A major dump of snow and then melting, yin yang, healthy one moment, a virus the next, grumbling won't help. Be patient. This too will pass. Happy, sad, day dreaming, reflecting, analyzing and dissecting the riddle of the universe and end up none the wiser, how did this come about? Ask all you like, in the past four thousand years, nobody has found an answer that doesn't give rise to further questions. The positive side of unlimited questions is unlimited space for imagination and creativity. I'm happy to be with my children and with friends. On a pragmatic level, it's better to be warm and friendly than the inverse. Dark thoughts and emotions heighten humor and playfulness. They balance each other out, like the weather and the seasons. I'd like to end with a quote from Dogen:

"The whole world, which is not self, has no hidden place; it is a single rail of iron ten thousand miles long which is not anyone." p. 54, Shobogenzo: Zen Essays by Dogen, Transl. T. Cleary. U of Hawaii Press, 1986.

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