Someone told me the other day that she/he had not been sitting lately because he/she was not doing well, because he/she was stressed and had many complications with relationships, work, everyday life.
I suppose we can all recognize ourselves in that. And yet the truth is that we have the whole thing backwards.
I thought about what Shunryu Suzuki, one of the Japanese masters who brought Zen to the United States in the early 1960s, said: « Life without zazen (sitting meditation) is like winding your clock without setting it. It runs perfectly well, but it doesn’t tell time. »