I’d like to invite you to sit down
for just one minute,
and not entertain one thought.
Can you do that?
Can you feel the coolness
that wafts through your entire
when you stop thinking?
Not “stop … and”
not “stop … then”
not “stop … so that”
but just stop.
Everything you’ve ever longed for
is waiting for you
in that pause.
The cogs and gears of the “me project”
grind to a halt.
The engineers maintaining the scaffolding of the self
take a smoko.
The universe itself sighs,
so gladdened to see an earth angel
hold the claws of thought apart
for even one minute.
And every cell in your always-fully-awake body
lights up with a smile: “Now, at last,
we can bow before our own experience
and dance our destiny!”
You can do it.
It’ll only take a minute.
One thought-free minute equals one minute of full wideawakeness
or, one minute of intimacy with what the Buddha knew.
(Did you know that?)
You just need to want to meet the Truth of your life
more than you want to entertain a thought about it.
[entertain: v.t. Maintain (correspondence, discourse) Concise Oxford Dictionary]
Calligraphy by Jakusho Kwang, Roshi