all the holy ones talk about a life of simplicity.
and thus we monks train daily for it.
that much discussed and misunderstood holy poverty…
which is in turn the state of non-attachment ……
in training the smallest dog,
just like in training myself –
i look to find what reinforces the desired behaviors,
what creates that cascade of chemicals in our brains…
and yet also lives in our hearts –
creating webs of complex connections –
communities of behaviors….
so i buy a can of easy cheese.
and the smallest of dogs is terrified of it.
nothing simple is ever easy.