“Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself. Your body and mind will become clear and you will realize the unity of all things.” Just reading these words is following the ideas of others. It’s not that we should never read or listen to anyone else, but…
Each of our thoughts are droplets that are rippling on the surface of the ponds that are our minds. Every emotion is a wave moving across. We can quiesce these ripples and waves by clearing our minds and keeping still our thoughts. There is much wisdom to be found in doing so.
Be mindful of your thoughts, do not let them overwhelm you. In times of stress and anxiety, you only need to think of your breathing.
We become enlightened not by listening to someone’s speech, nor by sitting silently for zazen, but by simply living life and seeing the world as it is.
Knowing the glass will break some day causes us to thoroughly enjoy every moment with the glass. We must really consider this point, sit and be mindful of it, walk and be mindful of it while observing the world around us. We are all glasses, the world, the universe, all made of glass.