Vedantic Wednesday: Enjoying Versus Capturing

The importance of living in the present and with awareness has been highlighted numerous times by every master. A simple place where we can practice this can be found using this example: Imagine you are staying in a hotel on the 20th floor with a whole wall made of glass. Your cot is facing the glass The glass wall is facing the east. During the morning you wake up and sit facing the rising sun. I am not sure if you are the one who is inspired by the rising sun and the sky around dawn – if you are, then this is a sight not to miss. If you are lucky the sun and the sky could display numerous shades and forms, some of which we may never get a second time. What do you think you will do when you are in this situation? Especially if you are out on a work trip and are alone in the hotel room!

In all possibility you will pull out your camera and start clicking snaps to capture those unique moments of beauty that nature is displaying for you. Today our phones have cameras that are more powerful than separate camera units. Why do we so naturally incline to capturing moments than simply sitting and enjoying them? Why are we wired to capture the beauty than enjoy the beauty? Why is it that almost every one of us is wired to push enjoyment into the future than enjoy in the present?

This is exactly what most master tell us not to do when they say – stay in the present with awareness. If we can sit simply and enjoy the beauty here and now, rather than capture it on a camera, life they say can become beautiful and rewarding. How, you may ask? The only answer to this is to try it out once. Sacrifice the urge to capture and tell yourself that its a gift from nature for you and it must be consumed here and now. If you do this in the above example of staying in the hotel, it would mean, enjoying the sunrise rather than capturing it on your camera. I also hear from people that if they try to do this, they get restless as they are not used to sitting and enjoying – hence they invariably get down to clicking snaps almost involuntarily. No worries, begin somewhere assure the masters and you will overcome this pavlovian habit. A good place to start is situations similar to the sunrise example quoted above.

Think about it and try it out!

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