Â – Thich Nhat Hanh
Excerpt fromÂ One Buddha Is Not Enough:
… through evolution, we have also developed a higher capacity of self-awareness, and of recognizing everything for its suchnessâ€”as it is. The Buddha is referred to as â€œthe one who comes from suchness.â€ If someone is a Buddha, then it means that this person is able to see and perceive others and the world as they areâ€”not in terms of the past or as a category. The child of this moment is not the child whom we saw yesterday or in the last moment. If we have immediate perceptions and conclusions, then we donâ€™t see or touch the child. Similarly, when weâ€™ve been in a relationship for a while, that person is just a person, and thereâ€™s nothing more to it than that. We have enough stored information about the person. We look, but we donâ€™t see each other anymore, because our brain has shut down and shut him out. This can insidiously result in a sense of separateness, of isolation, of schism. This is something we have in each one of us, and I see that itâ€™s an obstacle to our happiness and joy. Habitual energy causes us to see our beloved as a category, but mindfulness enables us to see that person anew. Mindfulness enables us to touch life in all of its wonders and intricate connections.