Breathing Life

I found this quote among my notes and thought to share it with you. For many this will not be new, for others it will be.

The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity. (One is unable to notice something – because it is always before one’s eyes.) The real foundations of his enquiry do not strike a man at all. Unless that fact has at some time struck him. – And this means: we fail to be struck by what, once seen, is most striking and most powerful.

Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations, 1953, No. 125

So what’s to do?

Zen Master Dogen wrote To live by Zen is the same as to live an ordinary daily life. This is not an ordinary in the everyday kind of usage and meaning. I’d say it is an extraordinarily ordinary daily life. Please don’t think about all of this too much. Life is for living; being the best person you can be, breath by breath.

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2 thoughts on “Breathing Life”

  1. I couldn’t agree with you more, life is for living. Thinking about life and living life are two different things, the former means nothing and the latter everything.

  2. There is more to say on this subject however I’ve not the time right now. If I may respond simply by saying that it is paramount to live by Preceptual Truth. We would say that is living the life of Buddha. Perhaps I’m simply stating the obvious, but thought I’d best state it anyway….

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