“What is the path? the Zen Master Nan-sen was asked. Everyday life is the path, he answered.”
People are often looking for the path to deep emotional or spiritual fulfilment. Some may be looking for the path to enlightenment, to be awakened from this world of illusions and see the truth of nature and the universe around them. These quests are natural and part of the human condition. What is the right path we should venture through? How do we know if we are on the right path?
These are complicated concepts, with complicated questions. Fortunately there is a simple answer: Everyday life is the path. Daily life is different for each of us. We may practice one religion or another, we may choose to spend our time with friends or strangers. We may be extremely active and prefer to be busy, or we may enjoy relaxing and prefer to have an open schedule with opportunity for spontaneity. We may also be extremely busy but prefer not to be and feel stress of daily life.
I cannot solve anyone’s problems, but you can solve all of yours with a transformed perspective. You must first realize that everyday life is the path, that there is profound wisdom in seemingly mundane tasks, and that there is pure joy in being fully involved with each and every thing you do every day.
A problem can be an opportunity, or may not be as bad as you think. Once you truly understand this, you will find happiness in living everyday life. You need not change anything, unless you want to, then change everything, it is the same.
This is how you attain exceptional kung fu in everything you do.