Thursday, August 14, 2008

it is a gorgeous day here today

and i intend to fully enjoy it. one of the things i don't struggle with on the buddhist path is living fully in the moment. being fully present and mindful of what is going on right at this moment in time. those are the moment that sustain me. the world is in trouble and it is an ugly place with uglier people running things-- but right now, in this moment, i am at peace and the tiny section of the planet i live on is gorgeous. we are in the fight for our lives- and i don't mean the american way of life- i mean bare survival. it's coming and you don't have to believe me- but it won't change the reality of the situation. we must all prepare for the worst and hope for the best as we continue to be the change we seek- and there are pockets of people worldwide fighting to change things.

remembering that we are all interconnected and that the life that is left that flows from the planet comes from us and other living beings helps to sustain me and keep me grounded in the present. what gets me everytime is the sense of self righteous indignation anytime i hear people speak in a self centered way about culture, environment, religion, etc.- and i am guilty too. sigh. mutual respect for other living beings solely on the grounds that they are other living beings- is another stumbling block- but hey, it isn't life's journey for nothin' :)

anyhoo- be present in the moment and enjoy and sustain- because these are the moments we will remember and will carry us through as we keep hiking along this journey called life. enjoy the weekend- namaste.


Dave Dubya said...

A healthy and sensible reminder.

The evil ones win if we can't find our personal peace and happiness.

For me, "Across the Universe" is helpful for this.

Jai Guru Deva Auommm


Brother Tim said...

"A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help."
~ Albert Schweitzer