Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

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Shunryū Suzuki

Strictly speaking, any effort we make is not good for our practice…It is impossible, however, to attain absolute calmness of mind without any effort. We must make some effort, but we must forget ourselves in the effort we make…So it is necessary for us to encourage ourselves and to make an effort up to the last moment, when all effort disappears. You should keep your mind on your breathing until you are not aware of your breathing.

Shunryū Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

Written by nevalalee

February 27, 2017 at 7:30 am

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  1. My thoughts exactly

    thispoems4you

    February 28, 2017 at 11:05 pm


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