A long time ago, Atoms were thought of as the indivisible unit of matter but Years ago, physicists proved that completely wrong. Atoms turned out to be made of things a lot smaller (electrons, protons, neutrons) which were again thought of as indivisible. This again was proved wrong and somewhere along the way matter became waves of energy and vice-versa.
Despite the constant upheaval of existing theorems, many millions of man-hours are spent every year in search for the essential elements of nature from which all other things arise. The search as you well know is still on with no conceivable end in sight.
Why should there be such essential elements? Why must there be an underlying indivisible matter under all the divisible matter we see around us?
I think human beings are always running after patterns. Mostly because, if there is a pattern, something that moves in a predictable way, we can control it. By playing with inputs and initial values we can make the pattern do something in a repeatable way. We can use it to do our work for us 🙂
So, what does this have to do with the title?
During my 1.25 hr commute to office one day, I was thinking on these lines and stumbled upon the similarity between Transformation and Science.Transformation being the science of transforming life to one that we want.
Life is something we are all trying to control. Trying to make it work the way we want it to. Shouldn’t we also be looking for an underlying pattern of life?
In between the honks of traffic and music from my car stereo I hit upon a kind of epiphany.
The Indivisible unit of life is the Moment
Our life is made of moments. Many millions and billions of them. From a physics background, of-course, these can be further divided into sub-moments and those again into sub-moments. BUT from an ontological (or consciousness) perspective we dont have sub-moments, because we aren’t conscious of them.
Life is an ontological experience. We experience or are conscious of our lives.
Conscious of what though?
We have memories of moments of our life, we dream of moments in the future. Some people, a very rare few, are aware of the present moment, but everyone usually catches up with what the present moment was like when it becomes the past.
So the indivisible element of our lives is the moment. Yes, that one that just went past, and that one and the one just now…..
So a good life has more number of good moments when compared to the bad moments and a bad life is the other way around.
But who is keeping score? This is where the mischief is,
the previous bad moments tend to colour the present one and worse shade the future moments as well.
BUT THIS IS ALL BESIDES THE POINT
Who is keeping score? We are!!! each and every one of us is keeping score for ourselves and we are LOSING!!
The cosmic joke is that every other moment in our lives is in our head! The only moment that really exists is the one that just went by! RIGHT NOW!
So BE happy now, BE caring now, BE cared for NOW, BE loved now.
Who decides how you are being? Why YOU ofcourse! The score-keeper, the athlete, the linesman…. YOU, Yes the person in YOUR chair.
So you want to be happy in the future, just focus on being happy now, as in right now. Its all a conversation in your head anyway!!
How would you like to BE? then BE it now!
The indivisible element of life are these moments, string them together and you have life. Make every moment the way you want it.
Dont live your life that “Life is not right”, Life is the moment right now and if you strip all the pasts that you “experienced” and the futures you imagine, there is nothing special about this moment.
There is nothing there, and you can fill it with any way of being you want!
Its up to you to decide if it was a great moment or a bad one, so go ahead and cheat, be great and mark it down as great, you are the only score keeper anyway! Every body else is keeping their own score.