Koan

Maybe you are searching among the branches for what only appears in the roots.

-Rumi

I was reading Gretchen Rubin’s book, The Happiness Project,  when I stumbled upon the concept of Koan’s.

Koan is a question or statement that cant be grasped by reason; they are paradoxical in nature and require you to create space for uncertainty. Thus meditating on koans promotes mindful thinking because its not possible to comprehend their meaning with familiar conventional logic.*

Here is an example:

What is the sound of one hand clapping?

The best part is: it’s not about right or wrong, its about the process. Meditating on a Koan allows you to observe how you react when confronted with uncertainty. It allows you to observe your process of rationalizing towards an answer, and learn how you mold pieces of information into a logical reconciliation. It allows you to observe how you articulate your understanding when you share your response…

Isn’t that just beautiful? How a string of few words can allow for such insight?


*Quotes taken from Gretchen Rubin’s book Happiness Project

2 thoughts on “Koan

  1. To answer or provide solution is human nature, it is the first response to any question or thought, place it in a category… my first response was not possible (sound of clap with one hand) following right at the tail was… is there another hand involved not your but someone else, then came the thought what if you are tapping on something to clap with one hand!! Then there is possibility that you snap to clap with one hand and the mind starting providing more solutions to the first immediate response 🙂 not sure if this is mindful thinking 🤔 ❤️🤗

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