Before Enlightenment

Zen quote:

“Before enlightenment, chop wood carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.”

There was a time, not that long ago, when I chopped wood and carried water – but I didn’t want to. I had to. I was bored and resentful and breathed a sigh of relief when it was over and I could escape.

Now, I look forward with eagerness to chopping wood and carrying water – because I see the love in it – the joy and  – well, mostly the love.

The same activity.

Completely different experience.

Simple quote. Zen is simple. The experience is simple. Life, if we allow it to be, is simple.

I don’t have any profound answers. For me, the simple secret is to be present, be authentic and whatever I do, do it with my heart.

About goodyniosi

Writer, avid(!!!) hiker - living life to the fullest. Love, life, bliss - getting high on getting high (in the alpine that is)
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