everything living is impermanent. every thing, every one that is alive will not always be so. a sense of urgency is necessary - for each moment matters. what do you want to leave behind? will it be a message of beauty and peace, understanding and compassion? will you do the work it takes, and be a warrior for the purpose of living in
and perpetuating peace? yes, work - being attentive, practicing right speech, mind and action. but is anything more worth it? what will your legacy be? as thich nhat hanh reminds us:
our own life has to be our message.
in a way, not knowing how long we have,
not knowing what will happen in a minute, a day, a year,
is a gift.
it forces us to bring our 'a' game.
and if we aren't bringing it,
we can become aware and start.
thank you as always to those who read and participate. to the dear friends who help me along when i falter. i wonder if blogging is going to the wayside (though i am fond of the format) - perhaps next year will be a bit different. if you have any suggestions, please feel free to share them.
Just wanted to share the fact that I have finally started my pieces to put up for International Day of Peace on 21 September. This year I have decided to make 21 birds of peace out of patinated copper.
As you can see from the few photos below I have cut out the first 7 birds.
All the birds will have peace stamped on them and hung in a tree at the from of our block. Go well. Peace
this is jeremy gilley, the founder of peace one day - and he has a request for you. you know those wonderful doodles google creates to commemorate special days, events and people? well, jeremy shows us how we can ask google to create one for peace. how wonderful would that be? take a look and get involved. and remember - the international day of peace is monday september 21st. i'm curious what you are all working on and wondering if perhaps we should take this to instagram - i'll keep you posted.
the dalai lama, when asked what most surprised him about humanity, answered:
"man... because he sacrifices himself in order to make money. then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. and then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then he dies never having really lived."
our culture measures us by our productivity and things of an external nature -
we know that is not a true measure of a human. and yet we push ourselves to that end.
no matter what your spiritual or religious belief system, i think there is solid value in the buddhist philosophy. i have been a dabbler for 30 years, but recently made a deeper commitment to the path.
if you are seeking inner peace, wish to learn how to put compassion into practice (towards yourself as well as towards others), want to begin meditating (which is now supported by the scientific community as beneficial to one's health) and don't know where to turn, have a look at www.lionsroar.com. it is a resource that is rich and supportive.