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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger
I find this personal vow poem to be both delightful and really challenging.
He sums everything up at the beginning:
I vow to choose what is
You would think the unavoidable nature of "what is" would make a vow like this meaningless, but the human mind and heart are not entirely sane. ;) They often choose fantasy, imaginings, shoulds and coulds, possibilities, even impossibilties, over what is. Very few of us truly dwell in reality. Very few of us sincerely experience the moments of our lives.
We don't need someone else's life. We don't need a perfect marriage, better finances, a better place in society. We don't need to be a saint living in the mountains. We just need to stand in our shoes, be utterly ourselves. We just need to witness, with honesty and open heart, the drama already given to us.
When starving -- I choose hunger.
When happy -- I choose joy.
When we are hungry, is there a choice to choose hunger? When happy, isn't joy automatic? The correct answer is, we constantly choose; nothing is automatic. Rarely do we choose to experience our experiences.
The power of a practice like Zen is that it defines the human journey, not as escape, but as coming home, of settling into our own skin, our own experience, the living moment that continuously passes and continuously renews itself. By making this journey to "what is," we finally meet ourselves, and learn what this thing is that we call life.
May all Buddhas and Wise Ones
help me live this vow.
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