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Beyond the Conflict of Inner Forces

On Feb 1, 2013 Conrad P. Pritscher wrote:

 Excellent story. Thank you. Deep in my unconscious I  feed the good wolf often starve the black Wolf.   When I stop to think about the story, I agree that peace is everything as it  seems to me it also is in Zen living.   When I meditate I can more often allow both wolves to exist.  After many years of living and a number of years of meditating, I find that my first unconscious reaction  and/or  action is to be impatient when something occurs as I don't want to to occur.    Shortly after my period of impatience, when mindful,   I notice I am patient and I am more peaceful . The time between my patience and impatience often irritates others and me but I am learning to forgive myself again, and again, and again.
Gail Brenner's idea of the wisdom "Of forgetting what you know" is helpful to notice.  She said:"We are so afraid to let go, to just be, to allow the unfolding of this marvelous life without getting in the way.  This fear  keep us paralyzed and stuck.  And longing for the peace that is possible – – if only we would put down all the efforts we make to know.  There is no greater gift you can give yourself than the invitation to enter the world of not knowing.  Why?  If you are always going to know what you know now, things will always stay the same.  How could they change?  And by thinking you know what will happen, you are  closing yourself off to the unimaginable – – endless peace, unspeakable joy, awe and wonder."
Warm and kind regards to everyone

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