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当下 / The present

何谓当下?

What is the present?

当下不是上一秒,因为当我们一开口说或者一转念想着上一秒,那就是代表着已经过去了。

The present is not the second that has just past, for the moment we speak or think of the last second, it’s already a past.

同样的,当下也就不是下一秒,因为那代表了还未到的一秒。

Similarly, present is not the next second that comes, for it hasn’t arrived.

当下,就是当下,就只是这一秒,谁也留不住,谁也抓不着,因为在眼皮一合一开之间,就是当下,然后当下就消失了,跟着而来的是下一个当下,以及无数无量无边的当下。

Present is just present. Nobody can ever grab hold of the present because it’s just a matter of a blink of an eye and it will be gone, even though following next will be the numerous presents.

一旦当下失去了,也就是那一秒过去了,就再也找不回来了。譬如用刀子在手掌上一划,血就崩了出来,不可能再让手掌复原,或是让血倒流入体内。

Once the present is gone, it’s gone and never to be recovered. Just like a knife cutting through our palm, blood flows out and we can never ever get the palm to go back to its original state, or get the blood flows back into our body.

那么何谓活在当下?是不是只要在那一秒间,当我们完完全全地临在,就是活在当下?

So then what is being present? If being present is just a matter of a second, does that mean as long as we are aware in that split second, we are being present?

或许吧。

Perhaps.

于是,要活在当下就得让自己在每一秒都临在,真真切切地把注意力放在那一秒。

So then, to live in the present, it means to be very aware in every second and focus on every second.

若是我们真的能够这样地活在当下,时间对我们来说就已经不重要了,不管是过去还是未来。

And if we can live life being present in every moment, then time is no longer important to us, for there will be no past and no future.

过去心不可得,因为它已经消失了;现在心不可得,因为一旦我们想要抓住现在,它也已经变成过去了;未来心不可得,因为下一秒还没到来,无处可抓。

The thought of the past we shall not have, for it is already gone, the thought of the present is too quick for us to behold and before we know it, it’s past and whatever that hasn’t come is just but an illusion.

唯有每一秒都专注地临在,才能够算是真正地活在当下,否则充其量也只能说我们只是活在那一秒……

If and only if we can be present in every single second, then can we say that we live life fully in the present, else it’s just being present for that very moment……

18.10.2018

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Francis Lim

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