I was trolling the internet the other day and came across this wonderful short video of a little Australian girl, Riley Dashwood, doing the most amazing trick shots. Have a look.
The one where she gets the CD into the player absolutely floored me.
In the week leading up to the feast of St. Ignatius, I’m asking you to indulge my ancestral religious roots and British upbringing.
Ignatius frequently referred to himself as a pilgrim. Here, from the Reform tradition, is the only hymn attributed to John Bunyan (of The Pilgrim’s Progress fame.)
I chose this non-traditional version because the lyrics are clearest available on YouTube.
First of all, let me assure you that I do not plan on repeating each and every Wisdom Story because some of them, frankly, were less wise than others! The fourth in the series, however, is worthy of a revisit.
After ten years of apprenticeship, Tenno achieved the rank of Zen teacher. One rainy day, he went to visit the famous master Nan-in. When he walked in, the master greeted him with a question, “Did you leave your wooden clogs and umbrella on the porch?”
“Yes,” Tenno replied.
“Tell me,” the master continued, “did you place your umbrella to the left of your shoes, or to the right?”
Tenno did not know the answer, and realized that he had not yet attained full awareness. So he became Nan-in’s apprentice and studied under him for ten more years.
When this was first posted, it drew some very interesting comments. Maura found herself, “thinking that mindfulness reminds me of Sherlock Holmes and presence of Miss Marple. They both have to approach the mystery but they each have very different paths in coming there. I guess I just take it for granted that there is more than one way to get were we all want to be. For me if it is too easy to become too mired in the “mindfulness” of detailed things and miss being present to the people God has put into my path for a reason.”
As I get older, I find that I’m getting less mindful or, at least, less capable of remembering whether or not I even brought an umbrella, let alone thinking about which side of my shoes I place it!
(Image by Haragayato under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2)