The Naked Monk
beyond buddhism: expose yourself to doubt
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Hi Stephen: Would you mind putting this into context from a mindful reflection perspective? You speak so often about “letting go” and not trying to control a situation, and this cartoon seems to contradict that. Perhaps I have misunderstood the message? Thanks for clarifying.
Trying to control things that are uncontrollable is something we all do, but it’s also neurotic, so we try to let go. On the other hand, behaving with discernment in a tough situation is the healthy thing to do — an exercise of free will. Mindful reflection helps to distinguish one from the other; it requires effort and forethought. I love this cartoon because it reminds me when I’m feeling defeated that that’s just my despair speaking, and that there are always options, no matter how far-fetched. Persistence is a virtue — more important at times than even intelligence.
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