“While you are continuing this practice, week after week, year after year, your experience will become deeper and deeper, and your experience will cover everything you do in your everyday life. The most important thing is to forget all gain
ing ideas, all dualistic ideas. In other words, just practice zazen in a certain posture. Do not think about anything. Just remain on your cushion without expecting anything. Then eventually you will resume your own true nature. That is to say, your own true nature resumes itself.”
― Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
The audience for this piece is anyone who is interested in meditation and exhibiting mindfulness in their everyday life. Suzuki uses repeating words to not only emphasize the words themselves but also to show that it is a journey with no inherent end point. He also makes use of periodic sentences, epistrophe, and Antimetabole.
To make shoes is an art form, one that takes practice and patience. On one hand, your mind tells you to make the shoes as fast as possible because you have a deadline to meet. On the other hand, your creative self wants to explore, and be in the moment with every stitch. Do not think too hard. You must let your mind work with your movements, not let your movements work against your mind. As you already know, a shoemaker must have precision. To attain this, a mindful practice is absolutely necessary to make a shoe worth wearing. Yes, you could make a hundred shoes a minute in a machine, but this is not a mindful shoe. This shoe was not crafted day after day, month after month, for it was not given the love that only a mindful shoemaker can give. Your craft is what defines you, the art is what defines you. That is to say, your shoes are nothing if rushed, just as in life. So, I beg you, take off your watch, face the clocks down, unplug your lamps, open your windows. Let the natural light be your guide and listen to what your heart tells you. This is how you live not something you do. I promise you, your shoes will sell themselves.