The Photo section now has a newly created album
titled Zen and the Art of Knifemaking. It has pics
in it of 2 new knives that have become present
in physical form. Like most exercises in mindfulness,
they have (to me) just appeared along life's path
without any "I'm doing this" kind of attachment attached.
My body, mind, and emotions were there when they were
created, but the form they took and the process just
happened, and "I" was simply there to witness it taking
We have an inner GPS system that once told what to do
will take over and guide the process as long as "I"
don't get in the way. Yes, this is conditional of an
initial learning process, but at some point, one's hands
and eyes can do a marvelous job of any physical task far
better than when the emotions and chattering mind get
involved. And that's where the freedom and magic of
meditation come in. Our "Real Self" is the inner witness
to our life as it takes place, and by stepping out of the
"I'm doing this, and this/that is happening" drama, we
get to enjoy being a spectator to the ongoing show that
is our life in "real time". And the results are then just
what they are, good, bad, or indifferent. "Thy will be done"
and other holy book cliche's all point to non-attachment
to "things" as the way to be free from regret, or the "sin"
of pride, or other negative adjectives and adverbs. The
practice of Mindfulness presents us with the opportunity
to see our Self as the vehicle for consciousness
that we are, and to know first hand the joy of being in the
present. And in some cases, we end up with nice knives.