Hi Wayne, I was doing dishes and a thought came out of the blue. Life is this moment, only this moment. It surprised me and I looked around and thought where did that come from. But I felt different after that realization, more appreciation for life. Could you elaborate on this please. Thanks Dave.
It’s interesting that this insight struck you while washing the dishes, as Zen often uses dish washing as a way of practicing mindfulness—and mindfulness is all about living in the Present.
“Life is this moment.” As I sat with my frog master, as I was wondering why I was going nuts and he wasn’t, it struck me that he wasn’t tormented by the mind. He was just living in the moment (a major advantage of having only a tiny frog brain).
We take our thoughts way too seriously. Indeed, you could say that taking thoughts seriously is the only impediment to enlightenment (what I call the Emptiness Level).
You, nor anyone, can hand me your Past, nor can you reach across the table and hand me your Future. Both Past and Future are only thoughts. They aren’t real.
Past and Future are thoughts that practically everyone takes too seriously.
Simply put, your Past and Future are all in your head.
The reason is this: Right Now is all there is. Life is this Moment. The Present is Eternal.
Past and Future are not real. They are just a lot of mental noise.
As She whispered in your ear while you were washing the dishes:
Life is this moment, only this moment.
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