Emerson: “As long as a man [person] stands in his own way everything seems to be in his way (page 27.”
Zen: In sitting: “Craving is extinguished and a great burden is lifted. There remains only an effortless flow, without a trace of resistance or tension. There remains only peace, and blessed nibbana [nirvana], the uncreated, is realized (page 169).”
Thoughts are what stand in our way. Everyday our thoughts, create our cravings, which create our resistance and tension which robs us of our peace. As the cartoon illustrates sometimes even physical harm may come from those words that slip out seconds before you can retract them!
When those words slip out they can cause great damage to you and to your family, friends, and co-workers. They can get in the way of a great job opportunity, relationship, or friendship.
The practice of mindfulness, meditation, and Buddhism can help you create a life where you think first and speak second. Following the Simple 3 P’s principle where you Prepare, Practice, and then Perform may well revolutionize your life. Practicing these 3 simple steps can keep you from getting in your own way. They can help you make friends, find new adventures, discover new ideas, and more!
When you begin to recognize that it is “you” standing in your own way and not someone or something else it will be like a big light bulb going on in your head. It will act as the headlights of your life and will show what’s ahead of you with clarity and precision and will help keep you from tripping all over yourself. It will definitely help you get out of your own way!
As Emerson said, “As long as a man stands in his own way everything seems to be in his way.” So my advice to you today is to stop standing in your own way! Give up your craving, your burdens, your resistance, and take up the mantle of peace and effortless flow! Then stand back and watch what happens. Each day you’ll be tripping over those things you thought were standing in your way less and less until they disappear altogether! That will keep you from looking like the man above in the cartoon! So let’s practice the Simple 3 P’s Prepare, Practice and Perform getting out of your own way!
Let me know how it goes!
In gassho, Shokai
 Gunaratana, B. (2011) Mindfulness in Plain English. Boston: Wisdom Publications