I was doing some class reading earlier when I came across this quote:
“To study the self is to forget the self and become one with ten thousand things.” – Dōgen
I have mentioned multiple times before that I write to understand myself and the world around me. I have been writing to push myself as a writer, too, of late. However, as I push myself, I’m still trying to understand myself.
In the aftermath of reading this quote, I am now realizing that I didn’t truly understand what my own reasons for writing actually mean until now. This quote struck the deepest parts of my heart and soul.
This quote sums it up perfectly. This is why I write.
(for the record, I also think this is why I’m so drawn to yoga, which I started practicing daily around 3 weeks ago, with some help from Adriene)
The fact that I can be so profoundly affected by the words of a man who walked this earth seven hundred and fifty years ago is pretty amazing.
And people claim history isn’t important.