Meditation and koan resolution is by insight not discursive thinking (cartoonbank.com).
Text by Marc Lesser (care2.com, Green Living, comments)
“Living our life deeply and with happiness, having time to care for our loved ones -- this is another kind of success, another kind of power, and it is much more important” (Thich Nhat Hanh).
When I was in my early 20s and a young Zen student living at the San Francisco Zen Center’s Green Gulch Farm in Marin County, an older woman teacher of mine looked me in the eyes and said, “Marc, you have a way of pissing away your power.”
I didn’t know what to make of this. I was stunned at her directness. And I was puzzled. Was this a criticism or a compliment? I felt bad, wondering why and how I was not embracing and utilizing my power. At the same time I felt encouraged because I had no idea I had any power to piss away!