Posted by Ben Naga
Our lives are like sand
Whispering as it slips by
Our we ready yet?
Posted on August 26, 2016, in Senryu and tagged Life, Time. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.
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What a kind thing to say. Thank you.
All true my friend – all true and very much earned xo
Ready? Is are “Our we ready” ever ready, or do we swim in the mystery of conscious existence like a whale swimming in the deepest canyon of the ocean, aware of enormousness around us, but imprisoned by our perception of where we are.
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As you know I have a little background in Tibetan Buddhism. In their tradition, life as a human is seen as a very rare and precious opportunity.
“The story goes: imagine there is a turtle adrift at sea that only surfaces every 100 years. Now imagine there is a small ring in this vast sea. It is more likely for the turtle to accidentally poke its head through that ring than to be born a human being. ”
A basic exercise in following this path is to meditate on death and recognise the importance of making our best use of our few years, which, after all, may end at any moment. I will readily admit I am far from a paragon in this respect. Perhaps composing this will be of assistance to myself if not others.”
Something to ponder, Ben 🙂
Perhaps reading my response to Thomas’ comment above may be of assistance.
(I see you are still not posting apart from the odd comment. I feel honoured that you feel my postings are worth reading and even commenting on. Thank you. Always good to see you. 🙂 )
I just read it and you shared some very good wisdom. But I’m confused about your “odd comment” comment. 🙂 Of course I enjoy visiting here and I’m honored whenever you visit my humble site, too.
Your confusion may arise from idiom. In England “odd” can be used as a variant of “occasional” so that when I referred to the odd comment I might alternatively have referred to the occasional comment.
Ahh, okay, I just learned something new, thank you! 🙂
I love this, Ben. (The sand through an egg timer – wonderful metaphor.)
It seems my whole life has been spent “getting ready” – while trying to savor every moment of this physical existence. As a young child, I became aware of the fragility and fleetingness of human life when my brother died suddenly of polio. The idea of death has never frightened me – rather it has fascinated me, because I sense so much more beyond this physical life. It comes more and more into focus as the years fly by.
As with you I have never had a fear of death (although I would like it to be free of physical pain).
Yes – I should’ve qualified my statement. I DO have a fear of pain and suffering…and being a burden to anyone.
I’ve never thought about being a burden to others. I concur with you there too, Betty.
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