BY SOFO ARCHON
Our worries and concerns keep us tied in the past and do not allow us to enjoy what the present moment has to offer. They keep our attention fixated on what has happened and this distracts us from seeing what is taking place in the here and now. This could not be better illustrated than by the following insightful Zen story:
As two monks were walking down the road they noticed a woman waiting to cross a stream. To the dismay of one monk, the other monk went over to the woman, picked her up, and carried her across the stream. About a mile down the road, the monk who was aghast at his friend’s action remarked, “We are celibate, we are not supposed to even look at a woman, let alone pick one up and carry her across a stream. How could you possibly do that?” The other Monk replied, “I put the woman down a mile back. Why are you still carrying her around with you?”
When we don’t let go of our upsets, difficulties, and disappointments, they become burdens on our shoulders. Their weight prevents us from feeling calm and relaxed. In order to get more levity in our life and enjoy the present moment, we must let go of the past, stop struggling with circumstances that are out of our control, and accept what we have been given in the here and now.
Photo courtesy of John Ward
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