Most of us spend almost all of our time in becoming. We are constantly moving to the next great thing. We are projecting out into the world towards a goal in the future. We are rarely here at home in this moment, in being.
What is driving this movement? What is powering this constant chase after the next? Is it not the hope of being happy sometime in the future? If we were happy now, would we still be chasing the future?
If we truly see the situation that we are in, do we need to do something to get ourselves out of it? How did we get in? If we bang our head against the wall, do we not change course the next time to avoid the pain? So, if we continue on a course that has never brought any real happiness, it must be that we have not really seen the situation. We have perhaps thought about it a bit but not existentially seen what is going on.
So, let’s Look, and that is where meditation comes in.
Meditation is simply giving some space to Look, to see what the situation is. We create an opportunity for life to expose itself – life itself – not our projection of life, but life as it is. We give space for reality to blossom.
And the miracle is – when we give that space and we Look at what life is offering at this very moment – then we are no longer in becoming. We are no longer, in that moment, chasing dreams. We are in this moment – Being. And Being Is Happiness.
This is from the collection of stories, essays, poems and insights that is compiled to form the book From Lemurs to Lamas: Confessions of a Bodhisattva. Download a PDF or order the book Here.