It just is
My “dharma” teacher, a revered Theraveda Buddhist Nun back at Wat Suann Mokkh in Thailand was always fond of saying “it just is.” The wisdom of most boxing trainers revolves around a similar refrain. My current trainer, Lennox Blackmore is a master of such statements. He has two flavors: “it is what it is” and “wake-up.”
Thus, if one is training in a crowed ring – it is what it is. Deal with it. Get clocked sparring? It is what it is, move on. Get clocked again? Wake-up!
As wisdom for the ages and frankly, as I “age,” I’m actually beginning to see where this all makes sense. Is my kid, husband, family, cat driving me crazy? Am I too hot, too cold, tired, hungry, over-worked, under-worked, grumpy, manic, obsessive, distracted, happy, sad, and on and on? It just is. Did I trip, forget where my glasses, keys, wallet, iphone are? Wake-up.
It gets to be a world-wind after a while of “it is what it is” and “wake-up,” but somewhere in the midst of it I am beginning to actually hear the “be-here-now” at the center of the “it just is” and “wake-up” poles of being.
If I am here now, I will likely avoid the punch, or hit the speed-bag with perfect precision or never engage in the fight with my husband or daughter and actually remember where my glasses are. I won’t be overly anything, but I will not trip on the sidewalk, get hit by a car crossing the street against the light or importantly, miss out on all of the tender moments with my family. Somehow it’s hard to believe that I can personally go through life without the drama of engaging riotously and waking-up, but having been “clocked” enough times by life’s travails, I’m beginning to see the wisdom of staying awake as a moment-to-moment way to be.