A flame that flickers and leaps from my breath. An inhale, illuminating natural oneness. An exhale, warming the cosmos with unconditional affinity. In the spiraling gusts of fury and heartache, it squints yet never abates. In the stillness of being, it glows in molecular harmony. A primordial wave of limitless potential, imparting matter into form. In this stillness arises the impartial witness of thought. No coordinates, no time, no form or labels. A condition void of presupposition, judgement and expectation. The emptiness of mind. The beingness of heart. Even beyond the confines of forever.
One of the most effective things we can do in order to truly see the beauty around us is to meditate. This will help you begin to rediscover your natural state of just "being". It's like seeing the world again through the eyes of a small child. Being fully present and really noticing how blue the sky is or how inspiring it is to see the leaves twirl in the wind. That's what it means to be here and now.
There’s an old Zen saying — “Before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood and carry water.” It’s easy to get carried away and think that living with a Zen attitude means anything other than accepting the present moment as it is. Zen requires us to make peace with ourselves, our time, and our place on Earth. We don’t do anything remarkable after we realize that the key to life is simply to live. Instead, we realize that the secret wisdom of the world lies in the same day to day tasks — chopping wood, carrying water, listening to others, listening...