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Life Is Fragile. Treat it with Presence.

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As humans we often overlook the impermanence of life.  It’s not as if we don’t know that everything and every life are impermanent.  But, rather we go about our lives as if everything is permanent.  Until, in one surprising moment, that which we thought would always be there, is gone…perhaps forever.  The loss could be a family member, a friend, a pet, a big old tree…

And, often, when the loss arises, we are ill prepared and regret may creep in.  We wish we could recapture the past, those moments that are now gone, for which we were not present.

It is useful to keep at the forefront of our minds that life is fragile.  Everything and everyone that is here now, will one day be gone, including ourselves.  So, treating life with presence is an important way to honour life and everyone in our lives.  This means to be fully present moment by moment.

When you are with another person, be in that moment and no other moment.  Listen to what they are saying as if they will never speak again.  And when you speak, speak as if these are the last words you will ever utter.  Honour the silence when it arises.  It too is sacred.  In that stillness, you will experience an intimacy you may have never previously realized.

Be present.  Be still. And know that this moment too is passing.


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