Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Here and now

"When the archer shoots for no particular prize, he has all his skills. When he shoots to win a brass buckle, he is already nevous. When he shoots for a gold prize, he goes blind, sees two targets, and is out of his mind. His skill has not changed, but the prize divides him. He cares! He thinks more of winning than of shooting, and the need to win drains him of his power” – Tranxu via Anthony De Mello.

I've been revisiting Anthony De Mello and Thomas Merton of late. Their words have nurtured me, on and off, since I was a teenager. I went to convent school and it was Sister Anne who first exposed me to the rich vein of Catholic thinking inspired by Buddhism. Her introduction influenced my spiritual life immensely.

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