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"We die, and we do not die."
I read this quote the other
day and was struck by the truth of these words. They brought forth
the belief of life after death and yes, even past lives. What do
they mean to you? Does it reinforce what you already believe or
does it challenge your beliefs?
Can we believe in God or
a power greater than ourselves without question? Can we trust in
this power even when things are not going the way we believe they
should? Can we find the truth and blessings in all things that take
place? Course in Miracles says, "There are no tragedies." What does
this mean and how can we come to this realization? What do you believe?
Are you living your life from your truest self? Are you coming from
the soul? Are you following the path that you know in your
heart is the right thing for you to do?
How do you feel about these
statements? Do they make you angry, happy or sad? Does it bring
up more questions, thoughts or ideas? I challenge you to follow
your thoughts and emotions. See where they take you.
Immediately when I finished
the quote the following thought came:
"We live, and
we do not live."
Experiencing over fourteen
years as an alcoholic, coupled with tremendous physical and emotional
pain I went through life in a survival state. I had created a life
of nonliving during this time unable to appreciate family and friends.
I remember the first time seeing the sun set after I got sober.
It brought tears to my eyes. It had been so many years since I appreciated
or even looked at this miracle. Yet, as difficult as these years
were they brought me some of my greatest lessons and gifts. Tragedy
or blessing, for me it was a blessing.
We all go through our life
lessons and from these experiences we can grow and change. Are you
living your life today to the fullest? Or are you stuck in a place
that has you walking through life like a zombie? Are you unable
to enjoy and live your life fully or are you coming from you highest
self? Are you living with your spirit and coming from the soul?
Take a few moments to enjoy the following Wisdom Flash and
contemplate these powerful words and ideas.
My prayer for you is to walk
through life living and breathing your passion and hearts desire.
That you may thrive during your time of struggle and learn your
lesson quickly and easily so that you may find peace and happiness
in each moment that you experience.
Shunryu Suzuki (May 18,
1904 - December 4, 1971) was a Japanese Zen master of the (Soto
school), direct spiritual descendent of Zen master Dogen. He moved
to San Francisco , USA in 1959, and founded the Tassajara Zen Mountain
Center , the first Zen training monastery outside Asia, City Center
(in San Francisco ) and Green Gulch Farm. A collection of his teisho's
(Zen talks) were bundled in the books Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
and Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen . His lectures
on the Sandokai are collected in Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness
. Suzuki's biography is captured in David Chadwick's Crooked Cucumber