Etchings in the Sand…

Thoughts and Photos from the Desert…

Climbing Mountains…

The book I have reread most frequently over the past 50 years is Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

Antony Hanson stirred the memories this morning with this thoughtful quote:

“Mountains should be climbed with as little effort as possible
and without desire. The reality of your own nature should determine the
speed. If 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 anyway. To live only for some future goal is shallow.
It’s the sides of the mountain which sustain life, not the top….”

~Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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2 responses to “Climbing Mountains…

  1. andy March 26, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    I have that very same passage highlighted in my copy too. Equally applicable both to real and to metaphorical mountains.

  2. suburbanlife March 27, 2007 at 8:02 am

    and there are fertile valleys at the foot of mountains…they are essential for species survival.

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