Not completely true. At every moment we are doing 100s or 1000s of
things. It is impossible to be focused on them all. There is a big
difference between being awake and aware in the moment vs focusing on
everything that is happening in that moment which is completely
It is possible for the Zen person to walk and chew gum simultaneously!
Consider right now. I am mindful of what I am typing but not of the
movement of each finger on the keyboard. That is still Zen.
Be mindful, and let whatever focus happen naturally. But focus on
reality in the present moment rather than getting lost focusing on
On Nov 2, 2008, at 2:16 PM, Mayka wrote:
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!