Wednesday, July 07, 2010

On not prolonging the torment

Cynthia sent me the following quotation this morning:

“The cow runs away from the storm while the buffalo charges toward it—and gets through it faster. When I'm confronted with a tough challenge, I do not prolong the torment. I become the buffalo.”

Donna Brazile

It's really a classic meditation principle to go toward the difficulty we experience instead of away from it.


  1. I actually didn't think cows did run away from a storm. I thought they tended to stand still patiently and let it ride over the top of them. Which I suppose you could also interpret as a principle of meditation? ...

    I like cows. Very soothing to look at.

  2. You can only take a metaphor so far... but I wonder if it says anything about buffalo that they also were virtually extinct until they were revived as a more or less domesticated species. For consumption. Hmm.

  3. steveoftulsa, I might be wrong but I thought the reason buffalo nearly became extinct was because they were relentlessly hunted, so I can't help feeling that says less about buffalo and more about the human species.


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