Good to hear from you again.
If we do things automatically without being focused on them, it only
means that we're not living the present moment. Simple as that.
--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, Edgar Owen <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> Sometimes it's great just to do things automatically without being
> focused on them, that allows one to be mindful of more relevant
> On Nov 2, 2008, at 4:07 AM, <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > Jody,
> > You wrote:
> > >I think I understand that is the MOTIVATION that is important.
> > a person
> > >has a driving desire to be a Phd in a subject that interests
> > then if
> > >the person pursues the subject they are studying with
> > and they
> > >focus on what they are doing today then that is the objective
> > if they
> > >are driven to crave the PhD in the future without thinking of
> > path to
> > >get there then that is where the problem is?
> > I think your thoughts above are close, but obtaining a PhD is a
> > goal. LEARNING MORE ABOUT [whatever] is not a goal, it is an
> > activity. Now you could pursue the learning aspect by many
> > one of which would be enrolling in college and taking courses
> > might eventually lead to a PhD - BUT, the PhD is only incidental
> > the activity. It is not the activity itself.
> > Also, what I think Buddha and Jesus both said were more along
> > lines of living in the present. Using the example above, if you
> > going to class every day and studying every night - then you
> > pour yourself TOTALLY into each activity you are doing IN THE
> > PRESENT. You should wake up welcoming the new day, do your
> > exercises as best you can, take your shower and dry off with all
> > your awareness, fix and eat your breakfast with reverence and
> > thanks, drive to class focusing all your attention on the drive,
> > attend class while focusing all your attention on the teacher's
> > instructions, etc... You should NOT wake up and rush through
> > morning resenting the interruption of your sleep, shower quickly
> > and eat your breakfast in a rush while trying to catch the first
> > mins of CNN, drive to class while thinking about your upcoming
> > or the cute girl/guy who sits next to you in class, fidget
> > your class hoping it will end quickly so you and the cute
> > sitting next to you could go to the beach or park.
> > This is what I mean by living in the present, not dwelling on
> > past or dreaming about the future.
> > ...Bill!
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