On letting Go


It was said by the musical icon John Lennon, that life is what happens when you are busy making other plans, and indeed much wisdom, along with criticism towards the pace of the modern world, can be extracted from Lennon's saying.


What is the present moment? It's arguable that everything that happens, happens in the present, and if it did not happen in the present, then it could have never happened, because every single occurrence needs to occur sometime, and if it did occur at some point in the present, it did not occurred at all, as all events and all things and beings have to exist at either a present or former present moment, in order for them to be a part of the existence that lies within the World Beyond the Mind. The same logic, after all, applies to the content of our mentality and consciousness as well, which could indicate that the most common aspect in every thing, being and occurrence, has happened at the present time, and if it did not happened at this current present, than it happened in any other present moment that has serves as a precursor to this day and to the days that would come.

According to this logic, Lennon is wrong, in a sense that the present always happens whether you are aware of it or not, and in the sense that everything that you already do and have done, had occurred or simply occurs at the moment, as nothing can truly happen without having presence in the current or formerly-current time of which it had happen.

Even if I just, theoretically, debunked Lennon's saying, I do believe in the more-symbolic meaning of his quote; whether we are aware of it or not, it is definitely arguable that most of us spend our time worrying about other things and beings rather than clear our minds enough that will able us to see and experience the present moment, without all the clutter about the past and the future to make us pre-occupied enough to realize that our lives are slipping away without us being optimally aware of it, in the name of what already has happened, and in order to contribute or ensure the development of the future.

In other words, even if we see and sense the world around us by sensory ways, we are not fully or at least not optimally immersed in it, to the point of discarding, even for the time being, because of how much we are busy worrying about other things, even when we have free time on our hands. Imagining how you would be and act differently in situations you encountered, worrying about being able to make end's meet, thinking on how you'll return the last loan you've been given by the bank, wondering if your kid will get home safely -- and so on and on.

Don't get me wrong. There is a practical need to preoccupy ourselves with the past and the future -- we remember the past and learn from the mistakes we have made, along with the insights we have acquired, and plan for the future in order to survive and sustain your family if you've established one, and so on. Such pre-occupations, therefore, are imperative to our functioning in a reality when doing so ensures both the survival and the potential prosperity of either others, ourselves or both. It's just a basic, yet crucial, component of caring.


This raises the question, what need is there in focusing and immersing ourselves in the present from time to time, when we can resume in our worries of the past and the future; remaining in the seemingly-never-ending rat race of modern life, of living and working to the next paycheck, of re-thinking and re-organizing the events of the past?


And my answer is the following. Since our lives are temporary, and since we often spend much of it distracted on different events that have either happened or might happen, there should still be a considerable amount of importance in letting go from time to time; of trying and to experience our lives beyond the sphere of constant, non-present occupation, as that is life itself -- the present, and life will always be the present, whether we are busy doing something else or not. So, why not enjoy said fruits, at least from time to time, and just let go? To just relieve our minds and bodies from the constant tension of living to the next important event in the External World, and increase the value we have towards the present moment, given that we won't be able to do so permanently, let alone, eternally?


Thus, let go of the phone, of the computer or T.V screen or any other kind of what I used to call "Electronic Rectangles", relieve the tension in your muscles and in your brain, and just enjoy the present moment, at least for a few minutes. Observe your surroundings, observe yourself; two things that some of us might not always remember to do. Take a coffee or tea break from the rat race of the stressful, alienated modern life, and just let go. Once you'll be able to do so regularly and spontaneously, you'll thank me later.


Call it Zen mediation, call it rejuvenation or a break; call it whatever you want -- it is arguable that it is, objectively, just a way to letting go. Who said we have to be in action or to plan in every single moment of our adult lives?

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