Mindfulness. Being Present. Wisdom. Living in the moment. Right now.
These are terms, words or phrases describing phemonena that occur within our experience. Understanding that the term is not the phenomena and that the term does little justice to relaying the experience of the phenomena is a worthwhile thing to understand. These different realms of “knowing” (concept, phenomena, experience) fall under the broad heading of epistemologies.
Truth/Love/Aletheia is dedicated to broadening and expanding knowledge of Truth/Love/Aletheia (right now). There are many other terms which can be used to “label” the phenomena, many terms that are “like” the terms above, and many terms which are confused with and thereby dillute the understanding of the phenomena. Explaining the phenomena will almost always be a second best effort of actually experiencing the phenomena.
Allowing you to gain first hand experience of the phenomena of wisdom is my desire in writing. Honestly, there’s little use for it, as in, it can’t be used for the normal things we want – making money, having power, getting what we (think we) want (usually a result of money and power), being admired, maintaining the illusion of control. What it does allow for is a “clean” place to come from and operate in the world. It occurs as peace in experience. In the world I see and experience from people (and myself) a great deal of suffering often inflicted on people by other people, and almost always inflicted on oneself.
“Wisdom”, (aka Truth/Love/Aletheia, mindfulness, being present, living in the moment, etc), “is not something to learn. Wisdom is something which will come out of your mindfulness. So the point is to be ready for observing things, and to be ready for thinking. This is called emptiness of your mind.” (Suzuki – Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind)
During a previous post I spoke of enlightenment and a being all things and light and nothing. We live in the so called real world however and most of the time we aren’t experiencing being light. We are making dinners, and working with other people, and buying things, and singing, and eating and doing what we do. Wisdom is a being enlightened all the time, doing the mundane, being-in-the-world. This is where truth/love/aletheia is experienced at the moment of truth.
The moment of truth occurs every moment when you’re present. In the normal course of events you may not necessarily notice the moments in your life when you were fully present unless somebody shares the story of their experience with you and distinguishes being present. In the next few of my posts I’m going to share some moments of truth that I’ve had – many of these moments just happened, as in – I was going about my day to day business and then blam – I was present; mindful, and empty of mind all at the same time – a dialetheia.
Sometimes people relay stories about things that I’ve done. I don’t even know they’re telling other people about them and I find it funny when I hear about it later. I still can’t tell if they’re telling those stories because I’m admired, or they thought well of me, or they’re telling these stories as a warning to others. At this point I’m love either way. One of the stories people tell about me is the time the car fell on me. For me it was just The Moment of Truth.