Intentions, In Tension

Too good a quip not to record: a couple of weeks ago, I heard someone point out that our intentions are often in tension.

Can I be a human being while doing something to my utmost?

Can I be, as a sculling coach once memorably advised, “kind to myself, yet unrelenting?”

Can I be more generous without over-spending the resource of myself?

As long as we’re talking about setting intentions while still trying not to create more attachments, it’s clear that there are plenty of opportunities each day to practice non-dual thinking.


(The same weekend, a friend with a strong background in Buddhist practice said that one answer to every koan is, “Drink tea.” Let that steep for a few minutes.)