Here, Now and This Moment / 此地、此时、此刻

It took me 3 hours to complete this sketch.

I believe that one should always focus on whatever he does and by doing so will he be able to a good job. And this applies to all the things that we do. Only with the heart and being present in the moment then can we perform our best.

And l was so happy and proud of the outcome that l immediately sent it to a close friend and asked her to guess who is it.

Then I posted the sketch on Facebook and WeChat and asked the same question.

I was looking for approvals or recognition.

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Once again, I chanced upon an inspirational movie on Youtube. And the 3 or rather 4 words that hit right onto me are “here”, “now” and “this moment”.

Dan Millman was competing in the qualifying round for Olympics in gymnastics. As he was about to complete

his final movement, a conversation arose in his mind:

“Where are you?”

“Here”

“What time is it?”

“Now”

“What are you?”

“This moment”

For me. I summarised or interpreted it as being present at that very moment, something that most spiritual books will teach.

Many a times, we are so concerned of the outcome that we forget what we really want to do or love to do. Or

perhaps we are doing something not because we love to do it, but more of getting attention from the others.

We want recognition, applause, agreement from the others, and so we only do things or behave the way that majority approves.

That’s what some call “living in the expectation of others.”

We will never be happy like this, for everytime we are not up to the others’ expectations, we suffer.

I have had this problem very often. l feel good when people clicked on “like”, be it my prose, my photos, or even just a simple sharing or personal quote.

And after I started drawing. l was hoping for praises for my sketches too.

Perhaps, I knew it all along but so what? Being aware and yet ignoring it is true ignorance.

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After watching the movie. I realise that it was adapted from a book. I went to Kindle store to look for it and purchased it. I have started reading it and noticed slight difference in the book.

Right from the first chapter, Dan Millman was already asked:” where are you?” and then a series of “where” began to pop up, which eventually lead to “where is the universe?”

Dan did not know the answer and I guess nobody knows.

At least I know that I do not know.

Francis Lim

11 July 2021

我用了三个小时把这幅画画好。

我相信只要我们存着一份专注的信念,才能把一件事做好。只有把心专注于此地此时此刻,那才是我们发挥最大潜能的时刻。

结果,我很满意,甚至感到骄傲,以至我即刻把图画发给一个挚友,要她猜猜我画的是谁。

然后,我有3把图画发在脸书与微信里,发出同样的问题。

我知道我是在寻找一份认可。

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再一次从Youtube上无意间撞到一部励志电影,其中的三个词在我心底里掀起了圈圈涟漪。

那是主角在奥利匹克竞赛里正要作最后一个艰难动作的自问自答:

“你在哪里?”

“此地。”

“现在是什么时间?”

“此时。”

“你又是什么东西?”

“此刻。”

我当然把这一段理解成“专注”与“活在当下”,也是众多灵性书籍所教导的一种心态。

很多时候,我们特别在意结果而忽略了我们是为何而做,抑或是忘了那是否是我们喜欢做的事。

也许,我们不过是为了收获他人的注意以及认可而时常随着大众的喜好而影响我们的言行举止。

这或许就是所谓的“活在他人的视界里”吧?

可我们却忘了这根本不能让我们真正地获得快乐,只要得不到我们所追求的赞美与认同,就会感觉到“痛苦”。

就拿自己来说吧,不论我是写作还是摄影,我都希望能够得到别人的点赞,若是有人留言给予美言,更是感到心里乐滋滋的。

我还是有那一份虚荣心在心底里作祟,在学会了画画之后,仍然追求莫名虚无的赞美。

可是知道了自己内心的虚荣感又如何?知道了却又忽视本身就是真正的无知。

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在看完了那部电影之后,发现原来是来自于一部书,便上网购买了电子书,即刻翻开来阅读。

从一开始,主角就已经被问了一句:“你在哪里?”,而他也很快的回答。

紧接着的就是“这里是哪里”一直到“宇宙在哪里?“

男主角没有答案,我想没有人有这个答案。

至少我知道我不知道。

林顺源

11.07.2021

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