"Zen is not a psychiatric or therapeutic discipline; it’s a spiritual one. It’s supposed to get energy moving on a deep, fundamental, life-changing level. Its purpose is to orient you toward the truth, toward reality, whatever this takes. It’s not supposed to boss you around with behavioral or self-help dictates or to shoehorn you into the slipper of well-adjusted citizenhood.
"In other words, spiritual work isn’t always just 'instructive'—it’s also transformative, and this kind of transformation can get messy. The Sanskrit term for this is clusterf***."
Excerpted from Zen Confidential: Confessions of a Wayward Monk by Shozan Jack Haubner.
for Mindful Monday
Photo Credit: "Heliconundrums," from the British Library HMNTS 011652.m.13.(5.), p. 62, 1892.