Pay Attention

Seven of Chalices--Samurai TarotFour of Swords--Samurai TarotToday’s cards from the Samurai Tarot seem like opposites to me. Will we give in to our ADDish tendencies, and chase illusions, or focus, with the help of our teachers and guides, on the one issue that is important?

These cards remind me of that old Zen story about the teacher who, when a student asked him for a teaching, kept writing, “Pay attention.” The student got irritated and kept asking for more, and the teacher kept writing, “Pay attention.” Finally the student asked, “what does pay attention mean, anyway?” and the teacher replied, “Pay attention means pay attention.”

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