Sunday, July 27, 2008
You can find the mindfulness of Zen anywhere, anytime, all the time, and in any situation: while drinking your coffee, being in a beautiful garden, washing the dishes, mowing the lawn, writing a book, cooking dinner, walking through the rain, and riding a motorcycle. You don't need to be a meditating monk on a mountain to achieve Zen or sit in silence to listen to your inner spirit. I found a wonderful post this morning about Motorcycle Zen, a weekend journey taken simply to experience and enjoy the journey.
Reading Nicole's post, I was immediately reminded of a book I'd read many years ago: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig. Here's what he says about the book: "The real cycle you're working on is a cycle called yourself. The study of the art of motorcycle maintenance is really a miniature study of the art of rationality itself. Working on a motorcycle, working well, caring, is to achieve an inner peace of mind. The motorcycle is primarily a mental phenomenon."
Whatever you're doing, wherever you are, is where you'll find Zen.