To live an awakened life, there should be no “ifs” or “buts”. Life should be lived here and now. Many people live a life replete with speculation rather than doing and being totally present in whatever they do or engage in.
Even in love many remain absent and am not surprised that modern world has insanely huge divorce cases despite the exuberant wealth and opportunities for happiness available us during this day and age. In work, also, people remain absent and only their bodies remain present. Hence due to this absenteeism it has become so rare to find a genuinely fulfilled soul.
I will provide a short Zen story to further illustrate this great humor of the human condition. It is a story about an Enlightened woman and her “friend” who is a very determined seeker. Lets called them Delilah and Anna, respectively.
A seeker named Anna asked Delilah, “How does an enlightened one return to the ordinary world?”
Delilah replied, “A broken mirror does not reflect again; fallen flowers do not go back to the old branches; fallen fruits do not reattach to the trees”.