Through the Discipline of Mindfulness, Mastery Comes
The masters of zen and mindfulness speak as if peace and harmony are a step away. This is there job - to make it seem easy and attainable. Ajahn Chah speaks of the clear, calm forest pools where you can drink up the serenity of nature. Simply planting that image in our minds gives us strength.
The vision is powerful, and those with lofty aims embark on a journey to find Chah's pools of nirvana. He does not focus on the difficulties of achieving serenity because he is a guide and a positive coach. I admire the state of mind that masters attain and steer me towards.
The Reality Is That Mindfulness Never Comes Easy
Five Finger Death Punch powerfully depicts the average person's encounter with mindfulness, waking up on a Monday morning, a week of hell lying ahead.
Your lead feet pin you to the bed, your mind a crazy chaos of a week spent and seven days lying ahead. "There's no promise for relief," and the words of a monk, outside the world, by a calm pool, is incoherent nonsense. Seems impossible.
The closing lyrics pack the power of searching for peace and nirvana, in the face of a real world that smacks you down if it can. "Searching for a sense of clarity" in chaotic-techno-hyper-living. Death sometimes seems the only peace and release. How does one find a quiet mind in this world?
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