Stuck

“If your mind is truly, profoundly stuck, then you may be much better off than when it was loaded with ideas.

“The solution to the problem often at first seems unimportant or undesirable, but the state of stuckness allows it, in time, to assume its true importance. It seemed small because our previous rigid evaluation which led to the stuckness made it small.

“But now consider the fact that no matter how hard you try to hang on to it, this stuckness is bound to disappear. Your mind will naturally and freely move toward a solution. Unless you are a real master at staying stuck you can’t prevent this. The fear of stuckness is needless because the longer you stay stuck the more you see the quality-reality that gets you unstuck every time. What’s really been getting you stuck is the running from the stuckness through the cars of your train of knowledge looking for a solution that is out in front of the train.

“Stuckness shouldn’t be avoided. It’s the psychic predecessor of all real understanding.”

Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values 1974

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Author: Craig Butcher

Craig Butcher is an award-winning educator who has taught critical thinking skills for more than two decades. In addition, He has worked on Capitol Hill as a congressional aide and has been a top-rated broadcaster.