Pythagoras and Zen

“The great science to live happily is to live in the present.” – Pythagoras

I’m always interested when I find this message being repeated throughout numerous cultures and spiritual paths. The concept is often attributed to Buddhism and Zen, but it’s not at all new when I start to broaden my attention and explore our worlds history. Being in proximity to breath and body means we can engage with that which is directly in front of us, where life is unfolding. In doing so we can experience happiness when it rises. I think it’s a crucial point that being present doesn’t create happiness, it creates an opportunity to experience all that rises directly, happiness or whatever else we experience in these present moments. The point is not to let the actual drift away by attention to thinking about life as opposed to directly engaging life with all its bittersweet moments.

Bryan Wagner

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