A young disciple once asked his Zen master, “How can I cultivate compassion towards myself as a Spiritual Athlete?” The master replied, “Imagine a person walking through a desert. They are thirsty, tired, and dehydrated. If they come across a well, they will drink from it, even if the water is not perfectly clean or pure. In the same way, the Spiritual Athlete cultivates compassion towards themselves by recognizing their own needs and taking care of themselves, even if they are not perfect or ideal. By practicing self-compassion, they can cultivate a deeper sense of self-awareness and connection, and ultimately offer greater compassion and empathy to others.”

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This koan emphasizes the importance of cultivating self-compassion as a key aspect of the Spiritual Athlete’s journey. Rather than being consumed by self-criticism or perfectionism, the Spiritual Athlete cultivates a deep sense of self-compassion and self-care, recognizing their own needs and taking care of themselves. By practicing self-compassion in their daily life, the Spiritual Athlete can cultivate a deeper sense of inner peace and fulfillment, and ultimately offer greater compassion and empathy to others.

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