Being Random is Potato

I couldn’t think of anything to write about today so here are a few random things just floating around in my head.

1. Washing my bowls.

A monk told Joshu, “I have just entered the monastery. Please teach me.”
Joshu asked, “Have you eaten your rice porridge?
The monk replied, “I have eaten.”
Joshu said, “Then you had better wash your bowl.”
At that moment the monk was enlightened.

I read this quote before but I ran across it again this morning and I can’t stop thinking about it. Wash my bowl, wash my bowl, wash my bowl. I think it means to complete each task slowly and deliberately before moving on to the next thing. It reminds me of another quote I read a couple of days ago:

Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.”
Alan Wilson Watts

I’ve been thinking about this one a lot too. I think the point of this one is that Zen is about being present in whatever you are doing. You can find spirituality doing just doing what the things you need to do and enjoying it. My mind is trying to combine the two ideas and put them into practice. Something like, do what needs to be done, do it slowly and deliberately until it is done, all the while being mindful and present. Enlightenment!

2. Black holes do not exist!!!!

Ever since I was a kid everything about space has fascinated me. I was always most fascinated by black holes. This morning a story popped up on my Facebook feed claiming that researchers have done the math and black holes do not exist. The article blew my mind! I don’t even know how to process this information. Sigh, this is worse then in 2005 when scientists demoted Pluto to “dwarf planet”.

3. Halloween is coming!

Halloween is easily my favorite holiday. It wasn’t always my favorite, not even when I was a kid. Trick-or-treating out in the cold seemed stupid, my costumes were always crappy, and I don’t even like candy all that much. Now that I am an adult though, IT IS AWESOME. I love scary movies, dressing up, and going to parties. I love all of it and this year I am hoping to attend some portion of the Mile High Horror Film Festival! It is being held at my new favorite movie theater the Alamo Drafthouse. If you live in, or around, the Denver, CO area I encourage you to check it out. They do a lot of events there and I plan on attending many more.

So that’s what’s in my head today. Hopefully tomorrow I can pull it together and write a real post. As always, thanks for reading :)

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Hello! My name is Lisa. I find the human condition fascinating and I often write stuff about that. I blog at zenandpi.com but you can also find me on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, and if you like what I do, consider signing up for my newsletter. Thanks :)

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