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"We die, and we do not die." Shunryu Suzuki

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

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