"Zanchin, 'the spirit that lingers on.'"
Lowry gives a very poetic description. Zanchin has also been described as an acute state of alertness, awareness of all that is around us...
The phenomena around us are, however, are not constant. While many get caught with linear thinking -- believing that things must "progress" straight up or down, the reality is often comprised of cycles. There are moments of contraction and expansion, be it in sanchin, battle, life or the seasons. Zanchin allows us to perceive those cycles and flow more effectively with them.
We are approaching the nadir of the season, the darkest and longest of night. With Zanchin, we perceive it. With the right mind and spirit, we accept it.
Next week, I shall retire with my family to the cabin in the woods of Maine. I shall slow down and try to accept the beauty even in the harsh and stark environment. Somewhere beneath the browns, greys and whites of the land, as the Bette Middler song goes, "lies the seed that in the Spring becomes the rose..."
Happy holidays and best wishes for the new year.