People Are Hard On Themselves

By Allan J. Hamilton – Zen Mind Zen Horse

Herd of HorsesIt is human nature to want to improve ourselves: physically, financially, emotionally. And as we age and mature, our efforts seem to focus naturally on spiritual growth as well. But that requires new insight and skills we must practice. We need to build up karmic muscle to turn the breakdowns of our lives into breakthroughs. We must turn into warriors who take up the discipline of spiritual pursuit in earnest. But how?
How do we train for a journey of spiritual transformation alone? The truth is that we need a spiritual coach, a sensei, to teach us – to show us how to focus our intention and to demonstrate how to live in the present and how to achieve Zen-like tranquility. We need a teacher to show us how to see ourselves – not with just heightened objectivity but also with greater forgiveness. For that job there is master: a sage who can teach any willing student the way. That sage is the horse.


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