The Monkey is Reaching

I came across this poem in an old Shambala magazine the other day and wanted to share it with you.

There are so many things we cling to for happiness. We let our ideas about what is safe or necessary or normal limit our world and even worse, limit our ideas about our who our children are or might grow to be.

What will happen if we just let go and let be? In the words of meditation teacher, Sharon Salzberg, “Something will happen.”  And that’s all we really need to know.


          The Monkey is Reaching,
by Hakuin Ekaku

The monkey is reaching 

For the moon in the water.

Until death overtakes him

He’ll never give up.

If he’d let go the branch and

Disappear in the deep pool,

The whole world would shine

With dazzling pureness.

 

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