Did you ever wonder why we bang our little toe in the table’s leg, why we burn our hand when we take the dish out of the oven? It is painful and yet it happens.
The mystery is simple to solve, my mind is wandering somewhere and because my eyes are far from the foot I fail to see the table’s leg down there that will hit my toe, and because my heart is removed from my hands I fail to sense the oven that will burn me. In a word, I am not there, I am not present.. right there!
The situation of ‘not being 100% there’ is more common than what meets the eye, even though we
In reality, “busy” and “many things on my mind” serve as smoke and mirrors preventing me from experiencing the life inside. The life, which is inside but at the same time connected to everyone and everything around me, is the seed of harmony. Mind distraction prevents harmony between me and that other thing, just like with the table’s leg and the oven; harmony is lost for a brief moment and my toe bangs the table’s leg, connection is broken and my hand burns by the oven. But physical misery is not where it ends.
For with every thought, every word and every action devoid of harmony and connection there is a little bang, a little burn. Not being present and still talking to people, thinking thoughts and taking actions is painful. In Hunyuan Heart practice, avoiding this pain is called Learning the Simple Things. Practitioners learn, while awake, to feel the life inside and without distractions think, talk and act. Every thought, word and action yields harmony skipping the bangs and burns.