When a Zen meditation was about to start, a bombing sound shook through the hall. A friend was shocked: “what is happening?” That’s a good question, which we should always ask. The insight meditation (Vipassana) is all about “to let the happenings express themselves and see”.
When we have sit down, the first question should be “what is happening”, from the environment to the body and breathing, to bring the mind to the moment of here and now. When we start to concentrate on the state of breathing, we start with “what is happening”. When the numb or sore appears, we welcome it with “what is happening”, when the noise of mind arises, we accept it with “what is happening”. The answer will be “keep awareness”.
If the awareness is not stable, we can ask further “how is it happening” and “why is it happening”, to tie the mind to the current target. The answer will also be “keep awareness”.
In daily life, when we are meeting with any physical or mental difficulty, let the “what, how and why” be your partner together to cope with. It is the way to keep proper distance in order to observe exactly and find the favorable turn.
If we put anything in the moment of now, they will show us in the same way – “impermanence and no inherent independence”. It is how it happens. But we must see directly what happens through our own mind to meet with the answer of why.