Many years ago Caryn and I received a letter from Maezumi Roshi:

Front side, back side, front side, back side
Autumn leaves falling down

We live in a forest of leaves: front and back, yes and no, up and down
At any moment our leaf may fall to the ground
So what do we choose?

Intimately understanding these very troublesome leaves as realization
is our practice.
Throwing ourselves completely into these leaves is the wonderful practice of delusion.
There is an old saying about swordsmanship:
“One Cut, One Life.”
This is the spiritual sword of total commitment and oneness.
Because there is nothing outside it,
It takes care of everything.
Front side, back side.
Either side is O.K.

Photo by Caryn Shudo Silberberg