自我反映(十九)——越是执著,越是无法放下 / Self-Reflection (19) — The more we are attached, the more we can’t let go…

English Version Below……


如果沿着前天的思路而继续思考,在欲望面前,不管是物质的追求,还是真我的探索,只要我们攀附了一丝执著,那么两者之间并没有什么区别。
寻找自我无非是希望能够得到更长久,更自在的喜悦,摆脱痛苦,不被任何东西驾驭我们的情绪,而当中很重要的关节就是放下以得解脱。
人们之所以在物质、名利、情感方面会遭受痛苦的侵蚀,缘由一种想要拥有的渴望,一旦得不到或是失去,痛苦便会接踵而来。
当我在修行道路上开始有了阻碍而感到困扰,更因为少了一次坐禅而自责时,我已经忘了什么是“放下”,只记得我的“想要”快乐。
因此许多人都会觉得修行是一种苦差。
换个角度来看,对于事物或是情感,若是我们能够做到喜欢或爱之余,不让欲望或是执著攀附,做到能够拥有固然是好,不能得到也能随缘,那么我们也可以愉悦地享受物质带来的美好。
其实,当我编辑照片的那一刻,我的心是安静的,因为我在做让我身心都愉悦的事,那又何尝不是一种自我的修行?
这好比当我们真正爱一个人的时候,我们固然想要拥有他/她。但若是不能拥有,我们依然会衷心地祝福他/她,只要他/她生活得快乐幸福,我们心里也会为他/她感到高兴。
只要不被自己的欲望所操纵,让一切随着生命的河流自然地发展,痛苦就无法侵略我们的身心。
越是执著,越是无法放下,越是放不下,越是失去。当我们紧握着双手的时候,捉住的并不是我想要的东西,而是不想要的痛苦,随之而来的便是我们忽略了身边的美好,忘了去享受我们已经拥有的一切。
修行也是同样的道理。只要认知坐禅能够让我们的心灵安定,并持之以恒地不断地练习,不要因为没有进度而陷入困扰,那么当它成为我们生活中的一部分时,我相信我们所追求的幸福与快乐便会自然地叩响我们的心门……
07.02.2017
文/林顺源
Following the thoughts I have on Sunday and ponder, I came to realise that the lust for material stuffs and the desire to seek for our inner self has no difference, as long as we become obsessed with it.
The journey of practice in search of our inner self is to attain a longer term happiness so that we can be rid of pain and sufferings. The key to such enlightenment is to understand the importance of letting go and letting it be.
Humankind is trapped in the cage of sufferings because of our greed to want and possess. When things that we love fail to fall into our hands, our heart begin to fill with jealousy, heartache and unhappiness.
And the moment I attach myself to the desire to succeed in the practice, I have inevitably fallen into the same trap, and neglected the very fact of letting go and letting it be. All I think of is my desire to be happy. This desire has no difference from the lust for material stuffs.
On the other hand, if we look at our desire for material stuffs or love for someone from another perspective, as long as we are not too obsessed or attached to it, we can possibly enjoy the process of pursuing our wants, and yet allow ourselves to accept what come may.
I felt joy and peace when I was editing my photographs on Saturday since I was doing what I love to do. So what made me think that editing photographs is not part of the journey to seek for my inner soul?
Similarly, when we love a person, we have the desire to be with him/her. Even if we can’t, we shall give our blessings to him/her through our true love, and we will feel happy as long as he/she is happy.
Once we are able to detach ourselves from our desire, and let nature takes its course, pain and sufferings will leave us alone.
The more we are obsessed or attached to anything, anybody or any thoughts, the more painful it will be for us. When we hold our hands tight, refusing to let go, we will realise that what we are grabbing is truly the pain that we don’t wish for.
And in the process of suffering, we begin to neglect the beauty that surrounds us and what we have already had.
In the journey of practice, we shall not be tied down by the desire for the truth. We just need to believe that it’s a process that will bring us to where we want to go and enjoy the journey. With determination and belief, I believe that peace and happiness will be knocking on our doors sooner than we thought.
07.02.2017
Francis Lim
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