getting my buddha on #zen #buddhism #monkeymind

what you come to understand
about practice
and mindfulness
is that they cannot prevent you
from being caught in the screws
of the idiot machine inexorably
gnashing; to be arbitrary
and unfair is its purpose
and it would be worse
for the universe
if it were any other way.

what you come to understand
about practice
and mindfulness
is that they will not hide you
from the confederacy of dunces
who will always assemble
like flocks of birds
and fish in schools;
unthinking, reactive,
instinctually seeking
homogenous bliss
and more stuff.
perhaps they fear us
for they sense
we might
teach them
happiness.

what practice
and mindfulness
prepare you for is
the graceful pirouette
of recognizing
opportunity
and freedom
when your old
monkey mind
would have you
flinging turds.

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