The Diamond Sutra says,
“Out of nowhere, the heart-mind comes forth.”
—PZI Miscellaneous Koans, Case 65b
Distraction can have a long arc, and until the end of the story, you can’t say what’s a distraction and what’s a calling.
Whatever your condition is, you can see the “I have joy.” Out of that emptiness, out of what seems unpromising—the dark material, the valley spirit, the enigma, out of the mystery, out of what I don’t understand—it just appears. The joy just appears.
Transcript: So. The storehouse of treasures opens by itself. You can take them and use them any way you wish. And there’s a certain kind of, I don’t know, as if we get ashamed for existing, ashamed for being ourselves, ashamed for feeling what we feel, ashamed for thinking what we think, and a lot of what meditation does is it allows us to look, well is that really right, is that what I want.