Do not go after the past,
Do not lose yourself in the future.
For the past no longer exists,
And the future is not yet here.
By looking deeply at things just as they are,
In this moment, here and now,
Not long ago... just after a heavy Spring downpour... I was parking my car. I noticed that the asphalt was covered with hundreds of earthworms. As I zig/zaged my way to my destination, I had a realization. Not an Earthshaking or awakening moment, but none the less, a realization. Before I had taken precepts... I would have chosen the most direct route. Squish... squish... squish... stepping on countless sentient beings on my destination. I then had a vission of when I would rip one in half, put it on a hook, as it was writhing and twisting itself on the hook I would cast it into the lake. When I retrived the line, there would be a fish... Gasping... the hook lodged deeply in it's gut. I would rip the hook out of the fish and throw it back into the water. Put on another worm, cast it into the lake again. A small amount of time would go by... the fish would be floating dead on top of the surface.