Give Up, Then Keep Going

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Frank Scherschel, 1946

“Take a break. Look around the room – at the walls, the furniture, the shades of color and light – everything’s alive. It’s just there and your taking it in is enough.

Now consider: what if this is everything you ever needed? This moment, this present arising, this raw non-conceptual sensory experience. Imagine you’ve been given one last moment to reflect before dying. Imagine you’ve already died. Imagine absolutely nothing is lacking. You’ve made it, you’ve arrived, congratulations.

Concede that you’ll never get all your ducks in a row. Give up ducks and rows altogether. They’re not really there – merely a feeling of lack and the opportunity to let it go, for this. ‘Nothing is as it seems, nor is it otherwise’. Give up, then keep going.”