Can you engage with yourself, the moment, and the work before you?
Ultimately, Zen is about seeing into the nature of reality- the true nature of reality and not just what appears on the surface. It is about seeing ‘who I really am’, not ‘who I think I am or think I should be’. But in order to do this, one must first be in the present moment – with the ‘just this’ and the ‘just now’ of the present moment. This is an extremely difficult thing to do. The reason is that our mind keeps taking us out of the present moment into either the past or the future; we so rarely seem to be in the present. Either we’re re-writing the past, what it could have been and so forth, or we’re worrying about or planning or imagining the future And, if we arein the present moment, most of the time our mind views the ‘just this’ and the ‘just now’ of that moment as unacceptable, criticizing and judging, wanting it to be something else or wishing that it not change. ~ From the Still Mind Zendo of New York City
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