no one can live our life for us.
this great mystery, this life, is ours to engage fully with hearts open.
and our time to do so is brief. as the Buddhist teachings say in the Diamond Sutra, “So you should view this fleeting world as a star at dawn, a bubble in a stream, a flash of lightning in a summer cloud…”
it passes so quickly. there is an urgency to engage our life.
the Evening Gatha in Zen says:
Let me respectfully remind you:
Life and Death are of supreme importance.
Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost.
On this night, the days of our life are decreased by one.
Each of us should strive to awaken.
Awaken! Take heed! Do not squander your life.
we are urged to go deep, to go fully – so we sit, we breathe, we unfold, we open, we love in the only way we truly can, with our entire life.~j
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