Rushing

If you could eliminate rushing from your life, you would find a lot of peace. In the Shobogenzo, Dogen Zenji gives a detailed set of instructions for monks using the bathroom. Part of the instruction is to set off for the bathroom with enough time that they do not have to rush through the various procedures and rituals. That advice is not only useful for thirteenth century monks answering nature’s call. In anything we do, it is good to take the time to give what we do the propper attention.

We tend to rush when we are doing a task that we don’t enjoy. When you do a chore, it is better to immerse yourself in the chore and give it your full attention than to rush through it to get it over with. If you are doing one thing but thinking of another, wishing you were not doing what you are doing, then you are missing out on life. If you give your attention to what you are doing at any moment, no matter how much you think you like it, you will do a better job and ultimately find more pleasure in it.

If you are stuck in traffic, rushing to work and unable to move, you can’t make your  car go any faster, but you can ease your mind by not rushing. By giving up your rush and being where you are, you immediately find peace.

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