transformation through painting

Anticipation

For a moment, nothing happened.

Then after a second or so,

nothing continued to happen.

Douglas Adams

This quote in my last e-mail newsletter, from Douglas Adams, author of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,
made me laugh every time I read it. I knew what it was going to say, but each time I read it , it was new.
There is a story of Zen monks, who were in an experiment. They were attached to devices that monitored their responses to stimuli. They were placed in a room with a phone. The phone would ring, over and over, but each time,
they would show responses as if it were the first time. They were completely responding from the moment.
We look at life in very habitual ways. We are always straining towards a future which is somehow better or worse than
where we are now. So much strife is in the world that we are projecting forward with fear. We miss the present, because it only lasts for……… It is in this way that the brain helps to maintain an ongoing identity. Do we really know we are the same person that fell asleep last night? Do we really know that the person next to us is the same one who we married so many years ago?
Every 7 years, the body changes it’s cells completely. what was in us at birth, is no longer there. the brain keeps a record, but even memory is fragile.
So, although anticipation can be very enticing, it may not be as good as what’s here, now. Can we stay here even for this moment? An experiment.

Debbie Purdy


 

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