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This lecture aims at striking the right balance between commitment to things that we love and can or must do, and detachment toward everything else.

Meditation, Time, Lecture. Fifteen, the eternal now, the present should be construed in two ways, as the time being and as the gift of existence. One, the present is concrete. It is our only means of experience and discovery. By contrast, the past and the future are mere abstractions, stored inside our retentive and imaginative mind, like faded photographs and fancied pictures in a drawer. Always changing. The present is a constant alternation of virtuality and actuality, where every form provides the opportunity for the spontaneous creation of a new one out of nothing, in so far as this new form was purely virtual or nowhere actual within the old one before it was created. This nothing, ...

...which is still something as the source of everything, is logically deduced but radically unknown. In fact, it exceeds the mundane intellectual framework to which the concept of something is related. Reverence and silence are, in the end, the only appropriate ways to address it. We should keep in mind that our multiple and unstable universe cannot be considered separately from the generative nothing that brought it into being. The two are relative to each other or make no sense on their own. They constitute a pair of cosmic dancers that forever testify to their undying intimacy through a stirring tango. In a nutshell, the art of living is the awareness of our changeful life and the willingness to dance with it. Like a paper boat in the current, we should flow with the present unreservedly.

A word of caution, however. Not clinging to things to avoid suffering can prove self destructive if it amounts to detaching ourselves from everything. We cannot run away from our life, except by heading off a cliff. The reasonable approach to the problem of clinging gives precedence to our need for self preservation over the inevitability of change, which is both secondary and critical. Life should not be renounced, but accepted for what it is, changeful yet desirous of asserting itself within the bounds of its nature and circumstances. Therefore, the act of letting go should not be a cowardly, active defection or treason toward life, while we are called to champion the cause of freedom, health, wisdom, peace and happiness for ourselves and others. Rather, it should be the act...

...of resourcefully adapting to change in a courageous effort to make the best of life, and that implies the good sense to refrain from hankering after the impossible, which is a sure and foolish way of creating our own misery. To the present, including our life and our inborn adaptability that enable us to grow and blossom into self fulfilled adults, we did not bestow upon ourselves. It was mediated by our parents, but primarily generated by the founding power at the core of our being. Although the opposition between our human self and our foundational self is entirely conceptual as a product of analysis, there is one inclusive, unified self that lends itself to the above distinctions. So the impression of loss at every turn of our changeful life, death being the ultimate change, is partly an illusion. In fact, we never lose anything other than a transitory form...

...whose foundation can be neither gain nor lost. The core of our being, from which we can develop time and again within our lifetime and beyond, remains eternally and what to think of a transitory form that keeps vanishing like a wave into another wave, and so on and so forth, with all the waves sharing the same watery soul? Not much really, especially since indefinite uniformity would be infinite boredom. Let it flow, my friends, with love and abandon and may you find peace and happiness in the fully embraced moment, ever renewed,.

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