“Entering the meadow… not a blade of grass moves;
entering the water… not a ripple.”
Wakefulness is the focus of Zen. To be wakeful is to be fully aware and alive in the here and now of true reality. If we are truly wakeful… we create no distractions in relation to the happenings of momentary consciousness. We are fully present… within the now of here… as presence… the experience of consciousness or life happening.
Basho’s poetic expressions are always about absolute wakefulness. This quotation is a metaphor for truthful experience. When you are fully wakeful… you enter the tall grass of a meadow without disturbing a single blade of grass… or enter the water of a pond without creating even a ripple. There are no distracting thoughts or feelings… just a witnessing consciousness watching what is happening. Again… this is full self-awareness… moment by moment… that allows no distraction.
This week let us endeavor to increase our wakefulness… our experience of presence… moment by moment. Let us be so alert and attentive… so one-pointed that we allow no distracting thoughts or feelings. Let us create and enjoy the undistracted experience of presence… in each moment of its happening.