When I created my day yesterday, I asked to help myself see more clearly. So, as I closed my day yesterday, I was thinking again about what it is to know something. I was thinking again about the idea of what I think wisdom is.
In the post I shared yesterday this is the sentence that came to my awareness and I wrote when I was contemplating wisdom:
what is wisdom if not
knowledge of what is true or right
coupled with just judgment
as it is used and gained in actions lived!
When I think about wisdom, that wisdom which I think I have gained, I actually almost always think and talk about it in the past tense. Wisdom is always linked to the past! If I ever feel I know anything, that knowing is always linked to the past where it was learned as well. I do not think knowing and wisdom for most people make it readily, if at all, into the present moment without slowing growth. The present moment is all about the unknowing of our past so that the future can bring the unknown to our front doors to be known now!
it is the known K N hug of NOW
This brings up for me the wonderfully powerful teachings that talk about when we meet the Buddha on the road, we must kill the Buddha. This is a form of awake living.
Thay, the great teacher Thich Nhat Hanh speaks about it in this way. He says that understanding is like the water flowing in the stream. Wisdom and knowledge are solid, like the rocks that the water of understanding touches up against. If we cling to the rocks we have already encountered, it blocks our ability to travel further on the journey the water of understanding is making.
If we take something to be the truth, we may cling to it
so much that even if the truth comes and knocks at our door,
we won’t want to let it in. We have to be able to transcend our
previous knowledge in the someway that we climb up a ladder.
If we are on the fifth rung and think that we are very high, there
is no hope for us to step up to the sixth. We must learn to transcend
our own views. Understanding, like water, can flow, can perpetrate.
Views, knowledge, and even wisdom are solid, and
block the way of understanding.
-Thick Nhat Hanh
So, in an effort to expand on my share yesterday about ending the day with time spent gaining the wisdom of the day, it becomes apparent that there is another important step revealed on the ladder. Just like the cup of tea I drink to close the day which I empty as I drink it, so it is with the wisdom I gain. I acknowledge it, but I also attempt to empty my present mind of it. I want to even things out, smooth and empty like a clean slate. I start fresh again, to create the next day taking my understanding further on the river of my living. I remember what is available on the next rung of the ladder of my life. (I think this is also what the Christian canon is on about when it talks about the need for dying daily!)
It is an ending in wisdom, and then, allowing wisdom ending.
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Anyone else have any thoughts on the flow of their day(s) and how they navigate the living of them?
This business of remembering what I already know from time to time seems to be like swimming back up stream. It is not an easy task at moments, but oh so worth it!
Marga, of Life As Improv, shared this little treasure of a song in the comments on another post and it is WAY to good to stay buried there. It is also so completely applicable to what I am attempting at getting on to with this post that it is impossible not to share it here as well. Think about it as a love song to truth and wisdom. (Thx M! -x0.M)
There’s an old voice in my head that’s holding me back
Well tell her that I miss our little talks
Soon it will be over and buried with our past
We used to play outside when we were young
And full of life and full of love.
Some days I don’t know if I am wrong or right
Your mind is playing tricks on you, my dear
You’re gone, gone, gone away
I watched you disappear
All that’s left is the ghost of you.
Now we’re torn, torn, torn apart,
There’s nothing we can do
Just let me go we’ll meet again soon
Now wait, wait, wait for me
Please hang around
I’ll see you when I fall asleep
‘Cause though the truth may vary
This ship will carry our bodies safe to shore