自我反映(十七)——我真的有感恩的心吗?/ Self-Reflection (17) — Am I Really Feeling Thankful?

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English Version Below……


我一直在提醒自己不论在什么地方都要以正念去做任何事,可是总是事与人违。

其实,我也知道这将是一条漫长的道路。

今天中午,我坐在餐桌上粘着面包沾着咖喱汁送入我的嘴巴,慢条斯理地细细咀嚼,脑袋里却想着别的事情,才发现我又忘了以正念去吃饭。

就在那刻,一行禅师的一段智言钻入我的思维里:

当我手中拿着一块面包的时候,我会望着它,时而会对它微笑。这块面包是宇宙的使者,并为我带来了营养与支持。当我深深地对它凝望,我看见了阳光,云以及大地。没有阳光,小麦就无法成长;没有云,就不会有雨水来滋润小麦;而没有大地,没有生命可以生存与成长。因此,提在手中的这一块面包便是一个奇迹。它是因为我们而存在,因此我们也必须为它而存在。

真的难以想象,一个人可以感恩如斯,难怪他才会成为一名家喻户晓的禅师。我相信以上的这一段智言还有得扩展的空间,因为我从那块面以及禅师的智言而联想到麦子,农夫,农商,机械,工人,包货员,送货员,卖家等等以此类推。

当我想到这里的时候,我更加地惊讶于一块面包竟然可以把许多人、事、物串连在一块儿,而所有的一切似乎毫不相干,又似乎是息息相关。或许,这就是禅师所说的奇迹吧?

在我把第二小块面包送入嘴里之前,我的心里为能够吃到这一片面包而默默地对着上天感恩……

04.02.2017

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I have reminded myself time and again that I shall practise mindfulness anytime and anywhere.

But it didn’t occur the way I wanted it to be, and I know, it’s going to be a long journey.

As I sat in front of the loaf of bread and bowl of curry, I began to pinch a bit of bread from my right hand and dipped it into the curry with my left hand. That’s how we eat curry here.

I then put the bread into my mouth and started to chew, slowly, and that’s when I realised that I have forgotten to be mindful again.

The words of Thich Nhat Hahn came into my mind again:

When I hold a piece of bread, I look at it, and sometimes I smile at it. The piece of bread is an ambassador of the cosmos offering nourishment and support. Looking deeply into the bread, I see the sunshine, the clouds, the great earth. Without the sunshine, no wheat can grow. Without the clouds, there is no rain for the wheat to grow. Without the great earth, nothing can grow. That is why the piece of bread that I hold in my hand is a wonder of life. It is there for all of us. We have to be there for it.

It’s amazing how a person can really be so appreciative of everything, and that’s why he is a well known Zen master. I believe the paragraph above can be extended to many other things as I looked at the bread. Not only can I see sunshine, clouds, earth, I can also see the wheat, the farmers, the company, the machineries, the workers, the packers, the delivery man, the seller, and I can go on and on.

It is then even more amazing how one thought can chain all these things / persons together when we are all not related and yet related in a way. Is that why Master Thich Nhat Hahn has always said: Life is a miracle?

Before I dipped the next piece of bread, I prayed in my heart and thank God (I honestly do not know what will be the best word I can use here, since I believe that Buddha is not a God. So it can be the universe, or heaven as how we call it in Chinese, it can be anything that allow the existence of this world) for the bread that I held in my hands….

04.02.2017

Francis Lim

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