Life

“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

“Understand the value of time. Life ends up being really short, no matter how long you live. You can recover money, you can rebuild houses, you can re-buy glassware — but you can’t get back time.” ~ Nick Crocker, Medium

“Remember you will die. Maybe even today. Don’t forget that. Don’t forget to be thankful for your health. For the ability to walk. For the time you get to spend with the person you love. For your siblings. For whatever it is that you have today. It’s not yours, it can be stolen away at any moment. So while you have it on loan, cherish it.” ~ Nick Crocker, Medium

5 Videos to Remind You That There’s More To Life Than Money

There's more to life than money.

I watched a video the other day that moved me so deeply that I was just about on the verge of tears (it’s included in the list below).  It got me thinking about how precious our time here together, on earth, really is and how it can be so easy for us to lose sight of what’s really important in our lives.  Moreover, I was reminded of just what it meant to live a full and happy life – and how money had little to do with it.

It scares me to think that we are all growing up in and living in a society where people are literally trained  and brainwashed into thinking they need to lead lavish lifestyles or that they need to have certain things in order to find joy and meaning in their life.  I feel like priorities are being completely thrown out of whack and that many people are falling victim to the vicious cycle of always wanting more.

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