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Left eye, right eye

Written by  Allex Lim Thursday, 17 October 2013 14:26

Waking up in the morning, going through the daily routine, driving to and fro from work, clinching on the steering wheel, gazing to the left and right, waiting for the green light, reaching home, lazing on the sofa, going through the daily routine, knocking off, waking up in the morning, going through the daily routine, …

That was what my both eyes see every day. I often asked myself, “where is the balance?” “where is the life?” “where am I?”…

Starting from day one of my life, fortunate to be brought into a Buddhist family, grew up with the Buddha Dhamma, I thank my parents for this wonderful gift, the gift of Dhamma.

I believe that I have a mission to complete, a task to do as remembering what our late chief said “Life this life with purpose and to do what is needed to be done”.

There seems to be so many things to be done, so many people to help, so many programs to be executed. How can we find the balance between all these and on top of this; family, social and work commitment?

It took me years to find this balance and until now, I am still searching. This searching has become a learning point for me and will always be. The thing that really puts you on the line to strike a balance is PRACTICE.

Practice comes from within, a self exploratory journey which leads to the arising of wisdom. This wisdom then enables one to manage efficiently the striking of a balance. In order for these to be in place, I explored a few methods of teaching and realized one thing in COMMON which is profound enough to lead one to this wisdom.

In our everyday life, we tend to segregate the spiritual practice and our daily routine in order to be concentrated, to be mindful, and to practice strictly with expectations of some attainment. I then realized that this may not be the best way for me. I then continue to search for the next best practice.

Once, I had the opportunity to meet in person a great teacher, a great master. He spoke words of wisdom, showed us the path to liberation, and empowered us with a profound wisdom.

Sitting on the dining table, I observe the quiet moment while taking my servings, chewing my food, and drinking my tea. Mindfully walking from one point to another point, concentrated on the actions, the thoughts, and the speech of my everyday life, I mindfully observe the coming and going. As I go to work, I am mindful, I am alive, and as I breathe, I am here, I am present, and I am alive.

Being present, being here and now, being alive has been the keywords for me to strike this balance in my everyday life since being inspired by Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh. This approach has given me the wisdom to enable myself to be present and be mindful of the present moment and this has initiated a coming together of the many components that constituted ME; my work life, my spiritual practice, my social endeavors, my spiritual contributions towards the society and my family well-being.