Originally posted by arpgme
I used to believed that pleasure was good and pain was bad. I would focus my thoughts on what makes me feel good and ignore what doesn't. But I
realized that was materialistic and that wasn't really doing anything at all with spiritual.
I keep hearing "be in the moment", don't "do" - "be". But it is hard to understand.
By being, do you mean relaxing? Do you mean silencing the mind to not block out what is going on? Do you mean allowing anything to happen?
What does it mean to be "aware"? To silence the mind I am already using five senses, by being aware, do you mean to always be focused on the body
Why is the material body of so importance rather than mind if mind /spirit is more spiritual? Help me to understand this....
Not so much materialistic, that would be called hedonistic. Hedonism is the idea that the purpose of life is to feel pleasure. But that's the catch,
isn't it? We seek things that make us feel good, and try to escape the things that make us feel bad. But pain will always catch up with you the faster
you run from it.
Nothing in this universe lasts forever. All things change, nothing remains the same. You grasp at things, attaching yourself to them in hopes that
they will bring you happiness. But look at what happens. Friends move to another state, family members die, love ones leave, pets run away, money runs
out, gizmos and gadgets all break down. Everything in this world, falls apart. You too will grow old, get sick, and die. Now, if all of that depresses
you, then I apologize. But none of that is depressing in the least, in fact, it shows just how precious life is. Enjoy everything as it is, don't
become attached. By becoming attached, when that thing that brings you pleasure isn't there tomorrow, you become disappointed. You become angry, sad,
jealous that others have what you don't have, you become greedy with what you do have. It's all a nasty cycle, because you'll continue to fall into
that same trap time and time again. After all, it's the only thing you know to do, but it's a terribly broken system that just doesn't work.
So to transcend the system, to rise above it, and not be apart of this dualistic pain-vs-pleasure system where you're repeatedly seeking out pleasure,
becoming disappointed, so you seek out more pleasure, and become disappointing again... That is what is called "bliss." You know the saying, "follow
your bliss." Live life as it is, right here, right now, without any expectations. Be happy with what you have, and it's okay to want something more,
or something better, but don't think for a second that it will bring you happiness. Because it won't. Nothing will in the long run. Because this whole
thing, you and I, the world we live in, is impermanent.
Or, as Omar Khayyam once said in a poem:
The Worldly Hope men set their Hearts upon
Turns Ashes — or it prospers; and anon,
Like Snow upon the Desert's dusty Face,
Lighting a little hour or two — is gone.
edit on 4-12-2012 by ManjushriPrajna because: (no reason given)