A complete waste of time? - Nick Hudis

A complete waste of time?​

There is a story... A group of zen monks were about to embark on a long and arduous meditation retreat sitting 18 hours a day for three weeks. At the start of the retreat, the master gave them an encouraging little pep talk: "I want you to understand," he said, " that what you are about to go through will be long and difficult and", he paused for a moment, "MAY BE A TOTAL WASTE OF TIME".

I first heard that story several decades ago, and I've never forgotten it. It sat with me like a koan. What did the master mean? Was he just being stern and enigmatic, like zen masters are supposed to be?

This morning I got it. I got what he meant and it sent a wave a joy rippling through my body.

Walls, walls
Beating your head
No walls actually

You can think about this if you like, but it may be a total waste of time...

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I am Nicholas Hudis an author and mentor dedicated to the path of self-cultivation. After 25 years  as a therapist/coach, I see that the need is not for therapy but for cultivating the skill to live wisely, ethically and purposefully.  I am no "sage" but the wisdom of Confucius, the Buddha and the Stoic philosophers guides me on a daily basis. My desire is to share this inspiration, through my writings and personal mentoring, and make a difference to your life too.

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  • January 25, 2020

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