Two Bit Thinking of Comparison

Getting caught in comparison can kill creativity and dampen
vital energy.   So this is a serious action to consider. The
legendary modern dance teacher, Martha Graham, put it this way. 

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is
translated through you into action, and because there is only one
of you in all of time, this expression is unique.  And if you
block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will
be lost.  The world will not have it.  It is not your business to
determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with
other expressions.  It is your business to keep it yours clearly
and directly, to keep the channel open.”

Martha’s thoughts speak volumes to me.  But I want to focus on the
part that “It is not your business to determine how good it is nor
how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions.” …

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Suzanne Kilkus

Suzanne Kilkus is a Soto Zen meditation practitioner and teacher and has practiced as a therapist and counselor for over three decades. She is dedicated to assisting people in expanding their capacity for giving and receiving love, and for recognizing and expressing their basic goodness in everyday life. Her path to live with wholehearted compassion and care is an invitation to everyone. She is a teacher with Open Door Zen Community in Madison, WI.