“I discovered at a very early age that life is a classroom. You get the best education in everyday experiences when you take the time to absorb what is happening around you. Life is the best teacher, and if you’re lucky, your education doesn’t end after college – it’s just the beginning.” ~ Cristina Carlino

“Life is meant to be enjoyed. Sure, I agree with this statement (as many of us would) but the problem is this is used to justify all kinds of crappy behavior. Might as well scarf down those Doritos and Twinkies, because hey, life is meant to be enjoyed, right? No. You can do without junk food and still enjoy life. You can exercise and enjoy it. You can give up pretty much anything and still enjoy life, if you learn to see almost any activity as enjoyable.” ~ Leo Babauta, Blog

How to Dwell in the Ultimate.

There are two dimensions to reality. The first is the historical dimension, and the second is the ultimate dimension. We have an ultimate dimension – the ground of our being – and if we know how to live deeply every moment of our historical dimension, we can touch our ultimate dimension.

The historical dimension can be likened to a wave. And the ultimate dimension is like the water in a wave. A wave may seem to have a beginning and an ending. A wave may be seen as high or low, big or small, different from or similar to other waves.

But the appearance of beginning and ending, high and low, more or less beautiful, belongs only to the historical dimension. Because the wave is at the same time the water. Water transcends the form of the wave, and the idea of beginning and ending, high and low, this wave or that wave.  These notions apply to the wave but not to the water. The moment when the wave realizes that she is water she loses all her fear and she enjoys much more being a wave. She is free from birth and death, being and nonbeing, high or low, because when we are able to touch our ultimate dimension, we are no longer subjected to fear – fear of being less than or more than other waves; fear of birth; fear of death.

This is a very deep practice. When you touch your true foundation, your true nature – the nature of no birth and no death – then nonfear arises. And with nonfear, true happiness becomes possible.

It is possible to live each moment of our daily life in a way that helps us touch our ultimate dimension. In fact, it is only through living our daily life in the historical dimension deeply that we can dwell in the ultimate.

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Source: Savor by Thich Nhat Hanh

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