Some have said:
The unexamined life is not worth living
Taoist teachings often say:
The act of examining life interferes with living
Neither view is an absolute: Or an example why:
If you have a splinter in your foot:
Well then you have to examine it to remove it.
If you have no splinter:
Then why bother spending time examining your foot?
It’s often a human state of mind being in angst and while a Buddhist approach to detach oneself is an effective method to deal with this problem I also don’t think it’s an absolute answer. Part of our very humanity is driven by thinking, pondering and driving yourself crazy in circles over all the possible maybes of being alive.
I am pondering this as I just got back from a long complicated road trip, which gave me so much to think about. After dealing with some complications of modern day paper work -> I find myself thinking and saying: “Wotever”. Going back to what matters to me: Supporting my family, exploring my art / writing and most importantly just standing outside and feeling the damp afternoon, feeling spring touch my skin, enjoying just being me despite the occasional splinters of angst I step into here and there.
Realizing that the splinters of angst are only momentary bug bites best ignored and not scratched.
I feel the detachment process is not about absolute detachment. I rather teach people a more efficient process of ignoring bites of angst merged with a Taoist enjoyment of experiencing fully the moments of living.
Right now I am smiling: The rain feels so good when its slightly warm and the day is slightly cool.
I grow within a now burning expression of a smile. No matter where I go, I am home within this path of experiencing living for bad and for good.
I wonder… and that wonder is enough for me to support my life.
As I go back to an embrace of afternoon rains touching again as the scent of moist earth. Even though it was yesterday in the experience… yet lasting forever in me. We live within our own eternal heaven, if we decide it is to be so.