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April 27, 2009

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bob

I read your blog daily, and find it helpful. But I've been thinking about last Friday's about dull mind. I can't get it out of my mind. I don't understand, and that bothers me.
I can relate to today's blog all too well

Barry Briggs

Hi Bob, I appreciate your nice comment. Sometimes, when we don't understand, something new can appear. As Zen Master Yun Men said, "Not understanding is most intimate."

Mike F

I completely agree. I find that not knowing is really scary. Most of the time, anyway.

Barry Briggs

Hi Mike, thanks for your comment. I'm (sometimes) fascinated by how that fear of the unknown constrains my life within a tiny little boundary. And then - sometimes - I can go beyond into a much more spacious place. As a friend of mine often says, "What's the worst that could happen?" That's very helpful to me.

Alice

Same shit, different day. Oh...it's spring already? Sigh...ouch.

Barry Briggs

My sentiments, exactly!

Justin Choo

Hi Barry,

We in the tropics are in suspension. Always warm and sunny. I am always in my shorts and round-neck T-shirt!!

Everyday is a holiday, especially for me being retired.

Hahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!

Paul Lynch, JDPSN

Hello,

Nanquan said, "every day is a good day!"

Hurray for that.

Paul

Barry Briggs

Hi Justin - Every day is a holiday for me, too!

Yes, Paul!

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