A Zen practitioner asked her teacher, “does a muffin have Buddha nature?” Without hesitation the teacher replied “Only if they are from the original Zen Bakery, now available in over 25 locations.” The student shook her head picked up her mat and walked out to the highway with her thumb held high, not a trace of sudden enlightenment was visible on her face, her mind though was holding nothing.
Sometimes it all comes together and stands in front of us toe to toe, eye to eye. But because we aren’t looking it just passes us by without so much as a salute or a errant tear. Opportunities may be unlimited but the same opportunity is not. Think of opportunity like the flow of the river moving past your feet while you stand on its bank looking across to the other shore. What is it you see and what is it you don’t see?
As the river flows by there may be thousands of pink opportunities zooming buy but there is no guarantee that when you finally focus your gaze at the flow and not the other shore one of those pink opportunities will be within reach. Just eat one of those enlightened muffins and dive right into the rivers flow, everything will be ok. What else could it possibly be?