Zenis often thought to be a state of mind in which you become one with your surroundings. There is an expression which says that mind and environmet are one. Enlightenment is understood as falling entranced into some rapturous state of mind in which external phenomena become one with one's Self. However, if such a state of mind were the spirit of Zen, then one would have to still one's body in order to achieve it, and never move. In order to do that, a person would have to have a considerable amount of spare time with no worries about where the next meal was coming from. What this would mean, in effect, is that Zen would have no connection with people who have to devote most of their time and energies just to making a living".
|Felt like we needed a sky picture - from a few days ago as we transitioned into the current hot weather|