This, too, shall pass…

I've been having a difficult personal time recently. Crisis and chaos have been my constant companions. (Them and Alliteration). They do nip out for a pint from time to time - if I am to be perfectly honest.

I randomly found a link to my friend Mikael Aldridge's blog. Mikael is a planner and runs a division of Ogilvy in Auckland. I have known him since we were kids at high school. He is probably also the smartest guy I have ever met. He referred to this story in his blog and it resonated with me:

A student went to his meditation teacher and said, "My meditation is horrible! I feel so distracted, or my legs ache, or I'm constantly falling asleep. It's just horrible!"
"It will pass," the teacher said matter-of-factly.

A week later, the student came back to his teacher. "My meditation is wonderful! I feel so aware, so peaceful, so alive! It's just wonderful!"
"It will pass," the teacher replied matter-of-factly.


Something else to think about (aside from the grand finale of Gray's Anatomy that is:

The Buddha was quiet for a moment and then nodded his head. "Dighanakha, that is a very good question. My teaching is not a dogma or a doctrine, but no doubt some people will take it as such. I must state clearly that my teaching is a method to experience reality and not reality itself, just as a finger pointing at the moon is not the moon itself. An intelligent person makes use of the finger to see the moon. A person who only looks at the finger and mistakes it for the moon will never see the real moon. My teaching is a means of practice, not something to hold onto or worship. My teaching is like a raft used to cross the river. Only a fool would carry the raft around after he had already reached the other shore, the shore of liberation."



  1. I've said it before but it's probably just as valid this time....


  2. Thanks Ben,

    I appreciate your interest. I like that you challenge me too. I find agreement disagreeable.

    I withdrew the post about Megan. It was just too raw - even after all this time. Though I stand by what I said (to all the folk who bother with RSS)

    I have to say that I like the way you express yourself on your blog - I actually struggle to 'get' Saas'.

    Is there an idiots guide somewhere? I'd like to get up to speed. I get that it is Software as Service'. But what is the central proposisition?

  3. I saw your reference to my blog and just thought I'd pop over and say hi.

    Our friendship was the most fun I had at high school, for sure.

    Thanks for the mention, and thanks for the thought spur as you've inspired my next blog topic.

    And of course how could I go without saying this in all sincerity...

    May you awaken and be free.



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