“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.”
The power of the mind. It can be a weapon, or a strong ally. Using our minds to envision improving ourselves becomes physical reality, science has proven this. We must of course obey the laws of physics as we understand them, but let us not limit ourselves to thinking that way.
The greatest accomplishments in science and the spiritual world have been from people freeing their minds and opening themselves up to new ideas and concepts. This does not mean take drugs and forget the society most of us live in. On the contrary, it means to do what we do every day but to transform our way of thinking about it.
For example, we may get angry that we have to clean up after a pet that has seems to have gone temporarily mad, destroying everything in it’s path. We must realize the dog was just being a dog, or the cat was just being a cat, it is what it is best at. Kids are just being kids.
This does not mean we are not to discipline our pets or kids, we need to discourage bad behaviour. However, we must remember it is very difficult to collect spilled water or milk. The milk spills whether we hate it or not, the dog or cat chews up wires whether we love it or not.
When we realize this, we can clean up the mess without getting angry, just enjoying the fact that we can clean up the mess, and that we should not expect to sit down and relax. This is every moment Zen, and in this we are able to meditate all of the time. The hidden message in this quote is that if we think nothing, we will be nothing, we will be void or empty, which should be our goal.
When we cannot make time for zazen, or just sitting, we can be completely mindful in what we do every moment, and that is constant zazen or meditation.