Experience Zen Invitation: marvel at everyday life

- through Francois Leclercq

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How to make every moment a fantastic discovery.

What if we started to open our eyes, ears and nostrils on our little daily planet? This world that we think we know so well, we cross it like sleepwalkers absorbed in dreams. Because often on the way to work, stuck in the bus or the metro, imprisoned in the passenger compartment of the vehicle, we play with the past and the future to deceive our boredom. Either we imagine what we have to do and anticipate all the possible scenarios of the day, or we recall good or less good memories, using our thoughts to escape our lives. We do not live, but we remember or project.

What do we have to live only the present? The present again and again. In reality, I'm only in a here and a now that I don't live as such. A present to which we will return, which is not quite what we can imagine, because it is as fleeting as the other two dimensions of time. This present is a latitude and an activity: that of living the now without ties or excessive compulsions.

How to get back to now? Through the door of the senses.

So, you just got up and in the shower, you keep coming back to the feeling of water on your skin, the taste of toothpaste in your mouth; your nose in the breakfast, you taste your sandwiches and your coffee, you savor your cereals. When leaving your home, you place all your attention on the movement of the key in the lock. And, going out into the street, you feel the cold or the heat and you do not judge these sensations. You live them. If you gear on: “It's really cold today”, “What a dog weather! », you are already somewhere else…

Everyday life, even in its prosaic aspect, is the source of all the wonder in the world.

Live the things you encounter directly, without passing through the filter of likes or dislikes, without sanctioning or evaluating them. You wait for the subway and look at the design of the tiles on the wall, notice the detail on the poster, be sensitive to the beauty of this face in the crowd in front of you, feel these smells, these perfumes, these colors. Holding the handrail of the escalator, feel your hand on the black plastic, in short pay attention to this world you inhabit, for therein lies the source of wonder itself. Every morning is different, because every morning you are different and so is the world you go through.

The world presents itself at every instant in a unique configuration which has never arisen before and will never reappear as such. Waves, the shape of clouds, the spatial situation of living beings, the position of objects, the situation of planets, the radiation of stars, the dance of billions of galaxies... At every moment, this immense choreography innovates, this universal ballet is never the same twice. Yesterday's 7:22 a.m., even if you're on the subway every morning at this exact time, is very different from today's. Thus, everyday life, even in its prosaic aspect, is the source of all the wonder in the world. You are surprised by what presents itself to you and by all the richness and the novelty of this course which is offered to you

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Francois Leclercq

François Leclercq is the founder of Buddhist News, a website which aims to disseminate information and practical advice on Buddhism and spirituality. François Leclercq was born and raised in Paris. He studied Buddhism at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, where he graduated in social sciences and psychology. After graduating, he devoted himself to his passion for Buddhism and traveled the world to study and learn about different practices. He notably visited Tibet, Nepal, Thailand, Japan and China.

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