Making Space

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"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" ~ Leonardo DaVinci  

Just as clutter in a room constricts us, so does a clutter in our mind.

As Shunryu Suzuki explains in Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few”.  The more that we think we know, the less we are apt to learn.

In the same vein, when we apply labels to ourselves, we limit our experience and our direct contact with life.  


Labels and beliefs are filters through which we experience life. Filters restrict.

Make space for living - emptiness allows great potential.  


Be mindful of how you fill the void.

Instead of being a writer, a politician, a salesman, or any label you can name - try just being.


Instead of saying to yourself I am a minimalist, try just saying I am.


Perhaps next you will be willing to see beyond I am and experience life as 'It is'.



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17 comments:

  1. Love this Dan. Your writing is becoming poetry. If only we knew to let go off our beliefs, thoughts and expectations, even for a moment, would release us from so much stress.

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    1. Thanks Karen,

      Glad you liked it. Poetry - I'm not so sure of that, the message I'm sure of. Direct experience brings a sense understanding and peace.

      Dan

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  2. Labels give us security don't they? Can one walk away from a life built upon labels such as mother, father, child? Why should you?

    Tammy

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    1. Tammy,

      Labels give us a false sense of security. Labels also lead to ugliness and fascism. If you are a mother then of course you ARE a mother - you don't need to hide behind the label or cling to it for definition.

      Dan

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    2. I think that the point here is to look deeper behind the label to thoroughly understand. Acccept the existence of a lebel is first step to unveil it. but the last target is to live a better live and we have many ways to come to one destination, isn't it?

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  3. Dan,in my failure to read carefully (funny as I am a reading teacher), I read the quote and thought, Leo Dicaprio is that deep? Then, after a reread, I see it is indeed The Other Great Leo. ;)

    It's so hard to just be. Our brains like patterns and recognizing patterns can lead to labels. Although we don't watch much news, when I do see a segment, I hear labeling all the time and, often, to our detriment.

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    1. Hi Tammy R,

      Loved your article on The Change Blog. It is hard to just be - I'm not sure why. It is definitely worth the effort though.

      Dan

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  4. Ever since reading James Frey's A Million Little Pieces (It was really the quotes from the Tao te Ching), I say "It is what it is" all the time. It sets me free from worrying about nonsense.

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    1. Suzuki has been quoted as saying "See things as it is". There is no separation.

      Dan

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  5. Hi Dan, you have a great way with words! I've actually seen quite a few posts lately on the subject of just "Being." Sometimes we have to take steps back (in fact, it's helpful to do this each day) and remember what makes us HUMAN - breath, life, being. We have to remember this so we don't work ourselves into the ground.

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    1. Hi Bryan,

      There are many reasons to step back and remember what makes us human. Not working ourselves to death is the tip of the iceberg.

      Dan

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  6. Hi Dan....This post reminded me of what Eckhart Tolle says when he says, "

    “If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. Primary reality is within; secondary reality without.”

    Once a person touches that reality within, all labels are unnecessary...and as you say...you can just Be...~Kathy

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    1. Hi Kathy,

      Honored to have you here. I love your blog. Thank you for taking the time to contribute.

      Dan

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  7. Hi, Dan! Looks like I have some catching up to do, from my break. :-)

    I like this--I've recently learned that everything I've thought to be true about life, the world, and myself, is not necessarily true.

    With emptiness comes possibility.

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    1. Stay open to possibility Bethany, you're seeing the tip of the iceberg.

      Dan

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  8. Hi, Dan, having spent the last 5 weeks caring for my toddling grandson I have been reminded to appreciate the simplicity of so many things. Young children have not learned to taint life with biases or to look for other meanings. It is what it is, indeed.
    Well written!

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    1. Hi Agnes,

      Good to see you here. Yes, children are great teachers. I no longer have children in my life, I feel the void.

      Dan

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