Mistakes in Practice, Right Attitude and Attaining Perfection.

We should find perfect existence through imperfect existence.  p91 Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind (2011) Shunryu Suzuki 

Why is it that when we are running late we feel that everything is against us?  The traffic lights are all red, the boss or the significant other doesn’t see all the good things I’ve done just the bad, all the bills come after something has just broken and needs to be replaced.  The right attitude in this can be very difficult to attain.  Mistakes can often lead to more mistakes and the problem whatever it is can often escalate because of this, because your mind is not clear.

How do you feel thankful for this precious gift of life when it is all going wrong.  This is the most important time to be thankful.  I once heard the Dalai Lama talk about loosing his country.  He was sorry for the loss but not angry at the people that took it.  The next question asked of him was a mother who’s son was special in some way.  She told him that she worries for her son’s future.  The Dalai Lama asked politely if the son could be fixed some how and the woman replied no.  Will the worrying fix the problem if the problem is unfixable?  All parents worry for their children, even in the animal kingdom this is normal if in the correct amount.  

Mistakes will happen, bad things will happen be thankful for them, life is a roller coaster full of ups and downs and twists and turns.  The joy of the roller coaster is the contrast between these events.  There is no perfect way to do something or imperfect way, no good or bad, no time, too much time, no future or past there is only the now.  

When you make a mistake in your life can you learn from it?  Maybe that one mistake has protected you from making a bigger one in the future so you should be thankful.  Many of the greatest discoveries have been made from mistakes.  Medical science is full of them.  The discovery of antibiotics, X-rays, medicines such as warphine are all examples of mistakes that changed the world because someone noticed what others did not.  Perfection is an unattainable goal.

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