Today is September 11th. The time is now to remember poignantly that we never know how much time we have. Today is the day to make peace, to forgive for YOUR sake, to hug your child and guide them from a place of love vs. fear. Today is the day to be curious, to heighten your awareness, looking for those teachable moments… for your child and for yourself. The quote above riffs off a message from Buddha and reminds me of another powerful suggestion:
Practice like your hair is on fire.
Basically, this means that if your hair was on fire and sitting in meditation (or making your workplace more compassionate, or eating non-GMO, organic food even though you’re on a budget) was the only way to put it out, you would run to the cushion (or the earth-friendly grocery store)… no matter who or what was clamoring for your attention, or telling you it was silly, or suggesting that you were being selfish to spend your time that way. You’d ignore them, or maybe shoot them a, “Yeah, right” look as you dashed past.
For a more thorough explanation of this teaching bop over to this article on Buddhadharma, “Practice Like Your Hair’s on Fire,” which begins: “Enlightenment is possible in this lifetime, says Gelek Rinpoche, but time is running out. We have to make the most of this rare and fleeting opportunity to wake up.”
The time is now, right now, to take the first step. And then another, and another, and…