"If we live each present moment meaningfully, the
infinite past and the infinite future will enrich
our lives with a constant flow of the cosmic
life-force. One moment in our lives will become
a manifestation of the Mystic Law, which
includes all time, and in that sense this one
moment in itself becomes eternity, our life-flow
fusing indelibly into the life-flow of the cosmos."
- Daisaku Ikeda
How does one live each moment meaningfully? There is no one answer.
The truth promises to set you free. It does not mean one would like it to. I'm calling you and me out.
Here's the thing, when you are free - there are no more excuses.
Silently, we begin to wish freedom came with a 'T& C's apply'.
Like a "Ah! But, wait a moment" paragraph on the back of a box.
Ironic. Anti-thesis. Paradox.
Freedom does not have terms and conditions. However, it does appear to have rules. Or should I say a 'personal responsibility' clause? I could be wrong here, but then again, this is a sounding board of my own dissection.
There is no one answer, do remember.
So, when presented with the knowledge (and therefore the freedom) to live each moment meaningfully, how do we do about doing this (without freaking %^&* out)?
How do I browse a magazine meaningfully? When I chew, how do I ensure that it seamlessly syncs with the "infinite past and infinite future". Would a reading of a winter recipe or a movie review affect the chords within the life-flow of the cosmos or is it a colossal waste of time?
Perhaps doing nothing (when in doubt, leave it out) is a meaningful way to live each moment?
Most would argue against this. Call it a cop-out even. Possibly true.
Here's a possible answer:
To engage with each moment and do our best.Again, this is open to interpretation. My 'best' could mean 'pass muster' to someone else.
And that each moment is an opportunity to redetermine and create a fresh start.
I was recently introduced to the alarming but sound posit that our present behaviour creates and determines our future. Causes create effects. Your external reality is a direct reflection of your innersole. Yes, the length and breadth of it.
My every action, by definition, would then set off a series of effects in the time-space continuum.
So that begs the question - Am I really free?
Your life is a series of choices. Some were made for you, it seems like it to you. It helps you move forward. But if you trace it all back, they were mathematically calculated by your original self to be carried out for you, until you were ready to take the reins in the realm you considered to make yourself. After that, you're technically in charge of all aspects. 100% responsible for your own happiness.Oh, the quiver of counter-arguments and intellectual cacophony...!
The blame game is a self drawn cop out field you drew for yourself - like a self imposed prison. You keep screaming for freedom, but to tell you the truth, you were the one who chose to remain caged. You were always free, free to live meaningfully.
Fears are learned. So you learned, now unlearn and make your way back.
That's crazy talk! What?!
Well, you asked, so...
So back to living each moment meaningfully. Okay, let's see...:-
Mindfully considering my words and actions - lots of material on this. So, watching the content and monitoring it is a good place to start.
- No more stupid, mindless, numbing conversations to keep up appearances
- No more flippant, glib jokes, thoughts, wordplay to impress, depress or suppress
- No more shoot from the hip statements, moves, or speeches
- No more idiotic arguments and left of field suppositions
- No more emotional or impulse driven actions
- No wastage of mind space
- No more negative verbage
- Carefully considered responses and deep breaths
- Silence when pushed for reaction
- Kindness instead of harshness
- Compassion instead of Cruel Self Protection
Tough gig this. But the guarantees are well worth the hard yakka. Apparently. I'll keep you posted.