活在当下 (Living in the present moment)

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Recital in mandarin only

 

English version below

  2016年是我近十几年来读最多书的一年,尤其是在最后的这三个月。
  所谓读最多书是指手里捧着一本本的纸质的书,闻着书的馨香,手指轻轻翻阅薄薄的纸页,完完全全地沉浸在字里行间。
  曾经,我阅览过许多书,有武侠小说,有科幻系列小说,也有文艺小说,后来慢慢地变成偏爱散文或是励志作品,而近日来所读的书都是与灵性或是佛教有关的书,在阅读上的喜好也算是改变了不少。
  我很喜欢“阅读,是最美的姿态”这句话,一直以来也总觉得阅读可以让人更为成长。
  可是,读了那么多书,终究没有真正的收获良多,直至近日开始在书中寻找一些答案,更作出具体的实践行动,才真正的体会到学以致用这四个字的意义。
  而最近其中让我深省的是“活在当下”与“觉知”这两句话。
  记得《佛陀传》里有那么一段他和一群小孩子吃橘子的小故事,佛陀对他们说:“留心吃橘子的意思,就是要吃它时真正地与橘子接触和沟通,你的心没有思念着昨天或明天,只会全神贯注地投入这一刻。这时那橘子才真正存在。生活得念念留心专注,就是要活在当下,身心都投进此时此刻。心念永远只投入目前这一刻。一个留心专注生活的人,永远知道自己在想什么,说什么和做什么。这样的人可以防止自己的思想,说话和行为令自己或别人受到伤害。”
  在这之前,也曾在其他禅修的书里认识“正念”这两个字,也就是“活在当下”的同义词。所谓正念,便是做每一件事的时候,完全地投入,并且观照自己的一呼一吸,比如吃饭时吃饭,洗杯时洗杯,以致提升身、心、灵的觉知。
  后来,渐渐地发现不管是佛陀、禅师或是灵性作家,他们的道理都是殊途同归的。即便是畅销百万的张德芬的《遇见未知的自己》与朗达•拜恩的《秘密》,无不都是在提倡活在当下与觉知,这两者是互相联系的。
  《秘密》里就有那么一段话说:
  “Your mind can be like a runaway steam train if you let it. It can take you off to thoughts of the past, and then take you off to thoughts of the future by taking past bad events and projecting those into your future. Those out-of-control thoughts are creating too. When you are aware, you are in the present and you know what you are thinking. You have gained control of your thoughts, and that is where all your power is.”
  “你的思绪就像正在疾奔的火车一般,它们会带你到已经发生的过去,然后再以你所经历过的一切把你送到未知的未来。这些不受控制的念头就会在你脑海里蔓延。当你觉知此时此刻在做些什么,或是在想什么,你就会回到当下而拥有更真实的力量。”
  以往的我,只是把阅读当做是一种消遣,娱乐自己,虽然偶尔有醍醐灌顶的醒悟,却也未曾真正的去思考以及认知。
  可是自从看到其中一个作者说“读书之外,还要懂得思考”,我才真正地体会到我以前都是在看书,而不是读书。他每读一篇文章或是一本书,都会把心静下来细细思考书中所带来的隐喻或是含义。
  看书,若只是以一目十行的速度去把它看完,就像是来到大自然走马看花般,不曾去细品自然的美好,吸收的不过是铿锵的文字,而不是字里行间所想要赋予我们的智慧。若是不好好地思考,远远不如字斟句酌地去品味人生的意义。
  于是,我就开始了坐禅时坐禅,喝水时喝水,走路时走路,每时每刻都在练习觉知自己在做些什么。
  2017年将至,我的灵修旅程也刚刚开始,虽然明知道所有灵修的书籍(包括宗教的伦理)所写的都会大同小异,但我希望能够阅读不同作家所诠释的人生与灵性,期望能够与某某作家的文字有一番共鸣,让我更轻易地走在我的灵修的道路,以便获取活在当下的喜悦。
  26.12.2016
  文/林顺源

  Year 2016 was the year that I read most books in the past 10 over years. It was the year which I really spent time holding books in my hands and read them carefully and thoroughly.
  When I was younger, I have read many different categories of books – science fiction, “swordsman” and even romance novels. Then my interest switched to prose and self-improvement books, till recently, where my focus is really on Buddhism and soul searching, mostly Chinese books. But it was only recently that I really put what I have read in the books into practice.
  And what I truly learned is “living in the present moment” and “awareness”.
  In the book “Legend of Buddha”, there was this story about Buddha having oranges with some children. And this is what he said to them: “To focus on eating oranges is to feel and communicate with the oranges that you are eating. Your mind will not be thinking of yesterday or tomorrow. You will only focus at that very moment. It is only by doing so then can you live life at this present moment. When a person’s heart is focused at this present moment, he will be aware of his speeches, his actions and his thoughts. And such person will be able to avoid hurting himself or others through his own behaviours.
  Prior to this, I have also read elsewhere about mindfulness. Mindfulness has a kind of same meaning as “Living in the present moment”. It means being aware of what one is doing at that very moment.
  As I read more and more about soul and inner peace searching, the more I realise that all the thoughts belong to the same fundamental.
  In the book “Secret” by Rhonda Byrne, there is this paragraph that says:
  “Your mind can be like a runaway steam train if you let it. It can take you off to thoughts of the past, and then take you off to thoughts of the future by taking past bad events and projecting those into your future. Those out-of-control thoughts are creating too. When you are aware, you are in the present and you know what you are thinking. You have gained control of your thoughts, and that is where all your power is.”
  I have always treated reading as a pleasure, and even though there may be words that struck my mind at certain point in time, I’ve never put the theories into practice.
  It was a Chinese author that triggered my thoughts to practise what I learn, which he mentioned that he will always ponder over the words after reading a book or a chapter.
  If we rush through the books that we are reading, we are missing all the lessons that the authors wanted us to pick up and learn, just like walking hastily through a beautiful place and neglecting the beauty of nature.
  Hence, I begin to try to be more mindful and focus on what I am doing at most times, be it meditating, drinking or even when I am walking.
  Year 2017 is coming and my journey in searching for inner peace has just begun. While I know that most theories are about the same, but I hope to read more books as I believe that I can resonate with some authors while not all of them. And by doing so, I hope it will make my journey a simpler and smoother one.
  26.12.2016
  Francis Lim
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