Lets begin with a story…
“A senior monk and a junior monk were traveling together. At one point, they came to a river with a strong current. As the monks were preparing to cross the river, they saw a very young and beautiful woman also attempting to cross. The young woman asked if they could help her cross to the other side. The two monks glanced at one another because they had taken vows not to touch a woman. Then, without a word, the older monk picked up the woman, carried her across the river, placed her gently on the other side, and carried on his journey. The younger monk couldn’t believe what had just happened. After rejoining his companion, he was speechless, and an hour passed without a word between them. Two more hours passed, then three, finally the younger monk could not contain himself any longer, and blurted out “As monks, we are not permitted to touch a woman, how could you then carry that woman on your shoulders?” The older monk looked at him and replied, “Brother, I set her down on the other side of the river two hours ago, why are you still carrying her?”
Now please allow me tell you my story…
I begin to realize that I continuously find myself in a moment wanting to get to the next one. I make my way back home on the drive to North Carolina, after the holiday trip to Massachusetts and I sit here and think about the future moment. I think about all the things that must be done when I finally get back home. I think about how I need to move into the new house in South Carolina. I think about how I need to pack up the moving truck with all of my stuff, how I cannot afford the moving truck, I worry about how I am going to get the money to rent the truck, who will help me unload all of my stuff, unpack all of my stuff, put away all of my stuff and then I begin thinking about all the “stuff” that I have accumulated over the years that I do not need and do not want. I think about how I carry this backpack full of stuff MENTALLY with me wherever I go. Why do I have so much “stuff” that I cannot seem to get rid of?
I notice my mind as it begins to create feelings that I do not enjoy. The voice inside of my head keeps reminding me how difficult it will be and how stressful. The truth is the more and more I think about the move the more stressful it becomes. I have moved about 36 times today and I am mentally exhausted from it. We as human beings like to do that though. We THINK about having to do something so many times that we mentally exhaust our selves as well as create stress within us. We create problems that do not exist in the present moment simply by thinking them into existence.
I once again realize that I am just sitting here in the seat of my Jeep, thinking. I am thinking into a future that does not exist yet and may never if at all. The thing about thinking about the future is that it never actually gets here. Once it does get HERE it is the present moment. It is ALWAYS the present moment and I simply THINK about the future. When I actually do arrive to the future I continue to think about the future. So, I wonder when will I arrive at my future destination if I am always THINKING about the future? I suppose at some point in the past this was the future I thought about being in
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Jiddu Krishnamurti, said “It seems to me that the real problem is the mind itself, and not the problem which the mind has created and tries to solve. If the mind is petty, small, narrow, limited, however great and complex the problem may be, the mind approaches that problem in terms of its own pettiness. If I have a little mind and I think of God, the God of my thinking will be a little God, though I may clothe him with grandeur, beauty, wisdom, and all the rest of it. It is the same with the problem of existence, the problem of bread, the problem of love, the problem of sex, the problem of relationship, the problem of death. These are all enormous problems, and we approach them with a small mind; we try to resolve them with a mind that is very limited. Though it has extraordinary capacities and is capable of invention, of subtle, cunning thought, the mind is still petty. It may be able to quote Marx or the Gita, or some other religious book, but it is still a small mind, and a small mind confronted with a complex problem can only translate that problem in terms of itself, and therefore the problem, the misery increases. So the question is: Can the mind that is small, petty, be transformed into something which is not bound by its own limitations?”
Clear your mind of noise, of chatter and incessant thought. Find the space and silence that are necessary within. That is when it can come upon something new. The mind is interested in ITSELF. Silence is like beauty and love. It cannot be described by the freedom to the known. A living mind is a still mind. A living mind is a mind that has no center and therefore no space in time. Such a mind is limitless and that is the only truth. That is the only reality. Go beyond thought and time.
Be present. Be aware.