A young disciple once asked his Zen master, “What is the goal of the Spiritual Athlete?” The master replied, “The goal of the Spiritual Athlete is not to achieve perfection, but to embrace imperfection. They understand that the path of self-improvement is not about erasing flaws or attaining some ideal state, but about accepting oneself as one is and working with what one has. By embracing imperfection, they can cultivate self-compassion and a deeper sense of connection with themselves and others.”

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This koan emphasizes the importance of self-compassion and acceptance as key aspects of the Spiritual Athlete’s journey. Rather than striving for perfection or some ideal state, the Spiritual Athlete seeks to embrace imperfection and work with their strengths and weaknesses to cultivate a deeper sense of self-awareness and connection. In doing so, they can cultivate greater compassion and empathy for themselves and others, and ultimately achieve a greater sense of inner peace and fulfillment.

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