When it comes to practice, I have always thought highly of the breath ... counting exhalations from one to ten and begin again, for one.
But this morning in the zendo, it occurred to me that in 35-40 years I have never managed (when I was honest) to count to 10 without interruption.
This morning, I counted to one.
That didn't work either.
So much for a Zen Buddhist practice. :)