Friday, February 24, 2012

Mindfulness and Golf

Golf requires what the Buddhists call impeccability, which is essentially keeping the crossbar high, very high, throughout one’s career and life. You can’t separate out life, career, family, marriage. Nor can you blithely commit transgressions in life and then demand absolution, ala the Gringrich who stole Christmas. There are actions we take. There are consequences arising from those actions. Whether those actions be criminal or moral in nature, there are consequences, and we must make adjustments to compensate for those consequences. We humans are clever at devising ways to forgive, but rarely do we forget, and it’s the forgetting that is the cornerstone of true forgiving. Forgiving without forgetting is like eating without digesting: What goes out looks a lot like what went in.

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