Sunday, August 08, 2004

"To give your sheep or cow a large spacious meadow is the way to control him. So it is with people: first let them do what they want, and watch them. This is the best policy. To ignore them is not good; that is the worst policy. The second worse is trying to control them. The best one is to watch them, just to watch them, without trying to control them."

- Shunryu Suzuki, "Zen Mind, Beginners Mind"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


I love this quote, but for an essay, I'm trying to figure out how this could tie into the process of overcoming grief?

Could it be that a person who is committing suicide should be left alone but supervised from a distance? Also, does it make sense if I were to make the link that a person in a state of bereavement should be left alone (w/out force, nagging) but watched so that you are sure they are okay?
Thank You