BY SOFO ARCHON
Our worries and concerns keep us tied in the past and don’t allow us to enjoy what the present moment has to offer.
Being constantly fixated on what has happened, we are not aware of what’s taking place in the here and now, and thus we are wasting all the beautiful moments that existence presents us on our journey. This reality, which is particularly prevalent in the busy, filled-with-stress modern society that we’re living, couldn’t 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 that prevents us from living fully and care-free.
In order to get more levity in our life, we must let go of the past, stop struggling with circumstances that are out of our control and enjoy what we have been given in the present moment — the only moment that ever was, is, and will be.
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