life is perfect

February 26, 2017

“Nothing we see or hear is perfect. But right there in the imperfection is perfect reality.”

~ Shunryu Suzuki

It’s so difficult for people to understand that it is our unmet expectations that cause us to think no-thing can be perfect, whereas reality is always perfect simply because it is what actually is.

Proximity is the key that unlocked this for me. Are the sun and stars perfect? Sure. Is that ocean wave or that cloud perfect? Yep. Are the deer running through my back yard doing it right? Of course they are. Those things are away from me and don’t ‘apparently’ affect me.

But, the closer things get to me, my expectations take over and my judging mind chooses this over that and very few things are ever right, let alone perfect.

I finally realized the things that happen to me are no more or less critical than what happens to that star, ocean wave, or deer (outside the expectations of my thinking mind). I woke up to the fact that perfection does indeed describe reality. I can choose to sit with that perfection in contentment or chafe with contention, but it doesn’t change the perfection of what is.

To me this is what Suzuki was describing.

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