To discover anything new, we have to start on a journey. So often that journey starts with searching for facts, knowledge, belief, anything that tells us this is the right thing to be doing and that we are heading in the right direction.
I remember when I first started out on this journey of meditation and mindfulness, I was eager for knowledge, eager to know more and more, to fill my mind with facts. It was like this for the first few years of practice.
There was nothing wrong with this, it got me started on a new path but I did start to notice something. As I started to fill my mind with more and more facts and knowledge, I started to close off from anything new. The accumulated knowledge started to form my experience and started to act as an impediment to anything new forming.
Sometimes, in order to create we have to destroy. To take down brick by brick the walls we build, seems counter productive. To seek the truth, to see the true reality this is what we have to do sometimes. What is left is something underneath the accumulated facts and knowledge, something that depends on non of this stuff, beautiful simplicity.
Maybe this is it, just a continuous building and destroying, a constant cycle. I know less now than when I started and that to me is just beautiful, for underneath all of that stuff is a natural stillness, a peace and happiness that is nothing to do with the accumulation of knowledge. Ordinary, honest and genuine. A true reality that is underneath the story the mind tells us and the self projection that knowledge can create.
I leave you with this Haiku from Basho, which sums it up. Beautiful simplicity, life in all its vitality, incredible in its ordinariness. I wish you a wonderful week ahead.
“In the dark forest a berry drops, the sound of water. On a withered branch a crow is perched, in the autumn evening”