Saturday, February 26, 2011

On Mountain Climbing

Mountains should be climbed with as little 
effort as possible and without desire. 
The reality of your own nature 
should determine the 

you become 
restless, speed up. 
If you become winded, slow down. 

You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion. 
Then, when you’re no longer thinking ahead, each footstep isn’t just a 
means to an end but a unique event in itself. This leaf has 
jagged edges. This rock looks loose. From this place 
the snow is less visible, even though 
closer. These are things you 
should notice 

live only 
for some future goal 
is shallow. It’s the sides 
of the mountain which sustain life, 
not the top. Here’s where things grow. But 
of course, without the top you can’t have any sides. 
It’s the top that defines the sides.

From "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"
by Robert Pirsig