We learned, with Confucius, the self-created reality that traps us, a reality that is often destructive. In the meditation session we learned how to withdraw from this reality and allow a new space to form. In the morning, just before the class, a colleague sent me an article with a comment “this guy (the author) probably doesn’t have a mortgage to pay”. I then forwarded the article to a friend and she said “article with a title such as this I don’t even bother reading.” With a smile then I shared this article in our meditation class and I also translate it here for everyone to enjoy.
The full translation below:
What do you miss when you chase after money
Dawn is the most beautiful time of the day, the light setting in, sky colored red, clouds are floating slower and the quiet is overcoming the noise. Standing on the beach with feet submerged in the sand you stare into the ever vanishing day, your heart expanding with love flowing through it with a gentle stream.
There, in the ocean, you could experience for a brief moment the incredible beauty of this world. You could smile and hug yourself and remember why you are alive. But you are not there!
You are at work, last deals to close or an important meeting, or a phone call that you must answer to. Best case scenario, you are on your way home from there, still on an important call with the boss or colleague, or your partner is asking if you can stop by the food store because they are now driving the kids around, or going out late tonight, or something unexpected happened in their office and, alas, you missed the sunset. Another sunset missed, another day gone and you didn’t live fully. You didn’t feel fully and you didn’t love fully! You worked, made a living, got pressured, hassled around, continued the endless chase after money.
In the chilled desert early morning hours at sunrise, there is a gentle breeze as the magical glory of the universe unfolds itself with its might. You could wrap yourself in a blanket and give in to this feeling, the feeling of being free. Without digital background noises, without screens to pluck away the little bit attention that you have left in you, this naked simplicity causes you joy. But you are not there!
You are in the big city, or a small town, soon you will wake up pressured not to be late for work, not to get stuck in traffic, not to argue with the kids about their pants, where is the backpack, did you brush your teeth, you are doing it to me on purpose, come on lets just get going, just get out of the house already, go into the car and sail away, to where exactly?
Maybe its time to pause and ask ourselves exactly this question: where to exactly? For what? Since when did money become the all out purpose, the face for everything and not the mere means for happiness, prosperity and peace? If you too are stuck in this matrix so that you can have a life then where did this life go?
You are not only missing sunset and sunrise, but you miss your kids too who now hinder your ability to make money. You just hope that they don’t cause a problem in the morning, that they don’t argue with you and will make you be late for work. And when you miss them you miss yourself too. You don’t know anymore who you truly are. Chess piece on whose game board? Actor in a play that who wrote?
This is our life in this world. An endless cycle of work and rest, rest and work, pressure and escape, escape and pressure. This is our life which is not a real life, because the pursuit of money altered completely our senses. It made our own self a stranger to us, it made us compromise and settle for a lot less than what we deserve. It injected into us a lot of tension, sadness, anger, frustration, helplessness. We have confined ourselves into a jail cell that we have constructed ourselves. It is just that somewhere along the way we threw away the key and now we can’t find it anymore. We can’t find ourselves. We must do something about it before its all over and we didn’t even realize how it all happened.
Today, there will again be a moment at dawn. Today, too, you could leave earlier go to the beach, take with you your loved partner, stand in the sand and gaze and experience and smile and live, so much life, so much alive in a way that you did not feel in a long time, maybe even in a way that you never felt before. And then, as dark sets in, you will drive back home together and give your kids a hug and just hang out with them, realizing that it is not that obvious that things should be like this, it is completely not obvious.
Are you there?