suffering - ain't nobody got time for that
there is no this becoming that. there is just this and that.
we think that there is this period of transition, from one state to another. if you're hungry and you want to make a sandwich, you go to the store to buy bread, peanut butter, and jelly. once you get back, you make the sandwich and eat it, relieving your hunger.
now we tend to believe this action as transitioning smoothy from becoming hungry, to going to the store, making and then eating the sandwich. you may believe, due to this misconception, that the point of the exercise is to satiate your hunger.
however, each moment is its own, completely independent of the moments before and after. each moment is complete in itself. there is no need for the moments before or after to exist. there is no point then to any particular moment, and thereby no point to any series of moments, or as we think of them - our life.
and that is a beautiful idea. think about it. it is the freedom to be who you are - to be everything that you want to be. it may not be apparent, but we go through each day, carrying an incredible amount of pressure to "do the right thing." but we can relieve ourselves of "purpose" and we can see everything we do as the most important thing we've ever done.
and when this realization sinks in, we have nothing to fear. a life without purpose is not a scary thing, because we naturally act in every moment with complete sincerity and purpose. we naturally do the right thing.
drop a glass jar on the wooden floor. it shatters. in the moment before the glass shattered, what happened? think in almost impossible to measure increments. well, nothing happened. it was not broken, and then it was. that is how we live our lives, whether we recognize it or not.
we are, or we are not. there is nothing in between.
it is in this truth that zen's attention to detail arises. every thing, every moment, every action - is just as important as the other.
there is no need to rush home from work. there is only traveling between the two locations. there is no need to rush to cook your meal so you may eat it. there is cooking and then there is eating.
all of the time we spend in our lives doing things, is just like this. we may not realize it, thinking one moment is better than another. but this is not true. if we can see them as equal, we can appreciate every moment to the fullest extent! not just the moments we deem "better."
when we are in no rush to move from one thing to the next, we can slowly begin to let go of our pre-conceived opinions of the world, slowly begin to relieve the world of all the unnecessary suffering. if each moment is equal - each person, tree and animal we meet, are all our equals.
there is no time for hate or prejudice in a world that appreciates each moment, and each person for what it is, and who they are.