In my Ninjutsu days, we chanted Shikin Haramitsu Daikomyo before practice.  I was told that a meaning of this was that every moment is an opportunity to attain enlightenment.

I am making an effort to do and be the best I can in each moment.  Sitting in a Barnes and Nobles cafe, I feel the temptation to move, because I feel uncomfortable about the people around me.  In front of me there is a girl in her twentieswith a huge belly.  I don't think it's pregnancy: it's a little too bouncy for that.  She's having a fine time sitting there.  She seems perfectly at ease.  It's me who has the issue.  I feel an impulse to turn away...

The man behind me seems grumpy.  He and I are only a few feet apart.  I asked him if he would mind watching my laptop while I head to the bathroom for a second, and he nods his head without a hint of warmth.  I am not comfortable sitting with my back to him... but I'm afraid of facing the other way (click here to read the rest of this post at

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