Gateway to Enlightenment

Buddha said that the Gateposts of Enlightenment are Confusion and Paradox.
Most of us recognize confusion, and if you are like me, it can be pretty frustrating.
Frustration is rarely a constructive mindset. It usually indicates we are in combat with reality, and that is a fight we cannot win. Reality will always be exactly what it is, no matter how much we may object.
Rather than being frustrated by it, if we can choose to see confusion as one of the two gateways, we can choose to see it as a marker of hope.
Then all you have to look for is the Paradox (not ducks. I have a pair of them that moved in. Universal humor. Ha Ha. No, really, a pair of pure white Pekin ducks arrived at the condo complex out of nowhere. Being the only farm girl livin’ here in the big city, I was the only one who knew what to do with them. They now live here. I have a pair o’ ducks. Ha Ha Universe. You are Vewwwwy Funnny Man!)
Paradox: n.
1. A seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true: the paradox that standing is more tiring than walking.
2. One exhibiting inexplicable or contradictory aspects: “The silence of midnight, to speak truly, though apparently a paradox, rung in my ears” (Mary Shelley).
3. An assertion that is essentially self-contradictory, though based on a valid deduction from acceptable premises.
4. A statement contrary to received opinion.
A paradox will challenge a long-standing belief.
Got any beliefs that are being challenged?
Is evidence showing up that contradicts those beliefs?
Is THAT really where the confusion is coming from?
I’ll leave you to play with your Paradox. I’m going to go play with my Pair o’ Ducks.

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  1. Lovely to meet you, your writing and enlightened living. With love from Wales x

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