Develop your insertion and pounding skills

Love and compassion will not split this log.
A cold chisel inserted in a crack
and pounded with a lump hammer
will cleave it right open.
Then the pieces will fit in the stove
and heat will be released.

Choose a tool that will do the job
and apply the necessary force.

The right words inserted with the right energy
will break open collective misunderstanding
and reveal the grain of truth.

The right practice applied to your stuck life
will split up your bundled blockages
so that their strength is diminished
and the beauty of their inner formation revealed.

The right joke inserted against the grain
will crack open the moment
with all its knots and whorls and patterns.

So, develop your insertion and pounding skills.

Or leave the log to rot.
There is a slow beauty in that.

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