How to live in this present moment.
We are living with uncertainty, but meditation will help us with how to make the uncertain certain.
Reflection is when we have something to compare. It is neither positive nor negative. How can we reflect, compare, and evaluate to see things clearly? We can put uncertainty on the left side and certainty on the right side and reflect upon it.
The Historical Buddha invented great tools: numbers. People saw the cube in ancient times as the greatest invention because in nature we cannot see a flat, straight line anywhere. Everything was a naturally made shape, not flat or straight. The Historical Buddha participated in the invention of the cube because he used a lot of numbers.
People use expressions such as, "I want to be thinner," but a more quantitative, clear, and goal-oriented expression is, "I am going to lose ten pounds in three months." An expression with numbers is more clear, and words that share a feeling can be vague.
Historical Buddha and Kukai used a lot of numbers and figures for reflection. We repeatedly say this one paragraph everyday at every ritual: "All of the unwholesome actions I have committed in the past were due to my greed, malice, and foolishness throughout the beginning of time and came about from my actions, words, and thoughts. I now repent for every one of them." Even though we repeatedly say this one paragraph everyday at every ritual, it is still uncertain/vague. How many actions did we commit? What kind of words did we speak? What kind of thoughts? What kind of shape were they? Reflections should take a more quantitive approach sometimes to make sure how well or how badly we behaved. The uncertain world and uncertain things are always expressed with words only: "Corona virus is very strong and we don't know anything about it." We can use a more numeric approach to make the topic more detailed and certain: "Coronavirus effects people from ages __ and ___ and lasts for about ____ days."
We cannot live without any footprint. Once a footprint is left, we are making causes for the past, present, and future. Reflection is to try to make sure that what we are doing is exposed in different ways by different people. If we want to change all uncertainty into certainty in what we are doing, we can try using numbers, and our senses become sharper. In the case of the "A" breathing meditation, we can imagine specific lengths, height, weight, and colors of the fog that we are breathing in.
We cannot always use the quantitative approach in our spare time and homes because these are places where we focus on quality for stability and happiness. We can switch the numbers oriented to feelings oriented. The more we reflect from different angles, we can exercise our minds like the rulers and the governors of the world. We can consciously reflect with number sometimes, and we can reflect with words sometimes. We should be able to control the scope of uncertainty and certainty to have the intention to see everything clearly. This helps to establish who we are.