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05/08/2024 0 By BuddyCushman

Yesterday in the Blog I wrote about spending time in Joshua Tree wondering about being and becoming entirely different. Esoteric? A specific is this: How to never prepare what I am going to say. Never, under any circumstance — What I’m going to say at a meeting Saturday; what I’m going to say at the Koan group last night; what I’m going to say while allegedly listening to someone in a conversation; what I’m going to say in my Morning Pages, or to my sons, or Ann, or Gavin this afternoon, or even here.

The late Zen Roshi John Daido Loori encouraged this – “Don’t prepare the room.” It’s like that. Entering into each moment fresh. Into every single moment without having thought about it, planned for it ahead of time.” You get it. If I’m driving up the 15, I of course know which exit I’m going to take. But with no clue how it will be when I walk into the office, turn in paperwork. How I will be. And extending that not knowing to every single time preceeding what I’m going to say. Fresh. Just fresh.

That will be entirely different for me.

“Come in, she said, I’ll give ya shelter from the storm.” – Dylan.