“It is necessary for us to keep the constant way. Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine. If you become too busy and too excited, your mind becomes rough and ragged. This is not good. If possible, try always to be calm and joyful and keep yourself from excitement… If we become interested in some excitement, or in our own chance, we will become completely involved in our busy life, and we will be lost. But if your mind is calm and constant, you can keep yourself away from the noisy world even though you are in the midst of it.  In the midst of noise and change, your mind will be quiet and stable…. Our unexciting way of practice may appear to be very negative. This is not so… It is just very plain.” Shunryu Suzuki Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind.

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