We had some hard rain yesterday, but after some hours it let up so I could take a short walk to the grocery nearby. On the way back it occurred to me that a topic for today should be about “being in the present.”
As I walked along I traversed fallen twigs, leaves, and other unrecognizable “stuff,” much of it left by the force of the rain, knocked from bushes above, or blown from some other spot by the winds. I allowed myself to become very thoughtful about this, and yet allowed my mind to just be open to blending with what I perceived, visually and mentally. I thought about how each leaf stuck to the sidewalk had a history that was infinite. The same for even the bird poop, and how leaves and poop were directly connected and essentially part of the whole.
Take one leaf for example. We can examine how it came to be a leaf, and we can examine how it came to be one of the leaves that was displaced by the rain water, and how the wind and the rain and gravity all conjoined to place the leaf in the exact position and orientation that I saw it in. We can trace this history of the leave, from being a sprout on a twig, to being part of the bush or tree, to the seed that the tree came from, to what carried or placed the see where the tree grew, and if carred there, how and why, did a bird carry it, and what kind of bird and the full history of that one bird, such as its migration, the food it consumed…..and well, as one quickly sees there is no end to the investigation that one can do if one wishes.
The “bottom line,” (a favorite term in the West, since we are all about the almighty dollar) is that all things if explored thoroughly, are seen to be part of the web of life, and more so, the quantum web when we drill down to the ultimate state of perception. This is what is called “sunyata” in Sanskrit. It is the “emptiness” of all that we perceive, meaning empty of inherent existence. The entire universe contains nothing that is not interdependent with everything else. It’s really quite simple, yet so illusive to those never presented with such philosophy (and physics). By just being in the present, observing each thing and phenomena and our own thoughts at the moment, we can be transported into the heart of this concept, and for at least a few seconds, or minutes, arrive in this suspended “place” that has no time nor space nor gravity.
That we can readily access this state of being anytime, anywhere, is really “pretty cool.” If we do practice this, the least benefit we will attain is the realization that we as a person are fully connected with the ultimate creation. No need to do much more than this, no need to prostrate, no need to cross the heart, no need to go to a formal place of worship (except for the social experience and support). We each are given the full throttle power to simply, “Be.”
Enjoy Being today.