A student once asked his Zen master, “How can I be a Spiritual Athlete when I am surrounded by so much negativity and chaos in the world?” The master replied, “Imagine a flower growing amidst a field of weeds. Despite the weeds, the flower still blooms and radiates its beauty to the world. In the same way, the Spiritual Athlete cultivates inner qualities like compassion, equanimity, and wisdom, regardless of the external circumstances. They understand that the true victory lies not in changing the world, but in changing themselves and their relationship to the world.”

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This koan emphasizes the importance of cultivating inner qualities like compassion, equanimity, and wisdom as a key aspect of being a Spiritual Athlete. Rather than being overwhelmed or defeated by the negativity and chaos of the world, the Spiritual Athlete seeks to cultivate inner strength and resilience, and to radiate their positive qualities to the world around them. In doing so, they can inspire others and make a positive impact on the world, one person at a time.

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