Sometimes things are so simple that we fail to grasp exactly what it is we are looking at. We generally approach things intellectually, trying to understand, trying to figure out. But some things are so simple that a lot of figuring out is not required. In fact, the more you think about it and conceptualize it, the more difficult it is to understand.
Take riding a bicycle: you have probably have never seen or heard of a book on how to ride a bicycle, but it is somewhat complex if you analyze it. There is balance, momentum, speed and many other variables. There are so many variables, which if you explained in writing and by concepts, you would never be able to ride the bike because it would be too difficult to comprehend. The major hurdle is fear. When you think about all those variables: “What if I fall? How will I do this or that?”, then fear and intimidation is the greatest impediment. If you can imagine a kid that’s reading a book on it and saying, “well I think I might understand it now but I want to get another book to make sure I understand better before I try it.” This is unheard of and hard to imagine. So the parent will just get the kid on the bike, give a push and say, peddle. The rest is just the body learning and figuring it out; and of course one or two falls are expected and there may be a scrape and some pain. But that’s life. So what happens after the first successful ride is exhilaration and one thinks this is the greatest thing in the world.
If you try to figure out every movement then you’ll never be able to move. You cannot know what happens from moment to moment and the key word here is “know”, because knowing is something you contemplate, take time with, and is not present oriented. So if you want to live in the present then you will never know each moment as it happens, you just go through it, experience it. That is life on the path.