When we think that there is not much left to learn or see, we think that life has come to an end. What we actually do is to fill-up time and wish for another time to open.
As a child there is no such thing, because when the child is bored, he/she sees the right in himself/herself to assume a new identity at any moment. He/she can start laughing when angry, sadness can turn into jealousy or mimicary, he/she can be a doctor, a pirate, and from being a pirate become a wealthy business woman or businessman. At times he/she can be the one that deceives, at other times the deceived or a successful person. However, neither state lasts for an entire day.
We present life to our children as an attitude that should be in a straight line. It’s a double-edged sword that begins with school, then university, then work, followed by either loneliness and temporary life partners, or marriage and kids, and ultimately a certain death. We can neither fully enjoy life, nor give it up, nor can we acknowledge that death that will come.
Work becomes boring and prevents us from learning, sometimes we learn a lot and run around not knowing what we can do with that knowledge. At times we concentrate on the beauty of our body, sometimes on increasing our wealth or the proliferation of objects and our offspings, and that is how we lead our lives.
My holiday in Greece this year reintroduced me to mythology once again, I read more and in fact, a child born as a demigod, god or human has different qualities in each story, and I read about how these qualities sometimes turn into feared features and sometimes these feared features turn into admirable features. Every narrative, every story is like an artistic movie. Although there are times of difficulty, each story ends in a triumph of goodness and love, they are all life stories full of preparation as well as heroism.
On the other hand, we lead a life wanting to live through these stories very rapidly and skip to the next chapter unprepared. We wish to complete these stories in a rush, without perceiving the emptiness within the moment, without feel the lightness of existence without tiring ourselves or without doing anything. It causes us to refuse to see the fear, anxiety, and the unknown that will come out of us, unable to predict what will happen when we remain in that void.
In a recent class, talking about being in the moment, I listened to one of my students, stay there and look and just perceive what is.. “So… » he said, if there is a tree, perceive the tree. « What happens when you perceive? ” I asked. “As far as I understand, I am staying in the moment and not thinking about anything,” he said.
Our tendency is to do what we understand rather than feel. However, when we look at a tree, being able to experience many stories in it, feeling it breathing, seeing different colors in its leaves or needles, being able to notice the beauty and ugliness in its artistic structure.
When we establish our connection with our body or life in this way, our creativity and power to be creative slips through our fingers. Just like in our school years, we live solely to pass the class and to graduate. Infract, life lessons show us how many times we can take the same lesson over and over again in different ways and how results can be changed by what comes from history, nature and what is revealed in that lesson.
May it be a day in life that we can develop a different perspective on what happens in the present!