Life Is Sacred

edited August 2011 in Life
We say with a certain irony that many fragments never realize the true beauty of life until they reach their final moments. In these fleeting seconds of consciousness, as they gasp to fill their lungs with one last gulp of air, the poignant realization -- at least in a physical sense -- is that in spite of incessant preoccupations with work, relationships, family, and a quest for a minutia of details that swallows up every waking moment, the meaning of life is simply life itself, and the only expectation for every fragment that inhabits a body, is to live.

Life, therefore, in its own definition, is sacred. No greater expression of the Tao exists than in the limitless pulsation of life that animates the body of every man and creature. To see life gazing back at you in the eyes of another is to see a reflection of the same life force that animates your own soul.

Indeed, sometimes you learn to appreciate the sacredness of life by coming face to face with your own mortality. For the fragments who know they have reached the end, life can suddenly surge with a vibrancy never seen before. All of the senses explode with a new realization of beauty, and there's often a desperate attempt to capture those sensations in mental photographs before the consciousness snuffs itself out.

The sad question then posed by the dying fragment is: why did I wait so long?

We do not mean to imply you should expedite your demise in order to come to this realization, but for the sake of this exercise, allow your imagination to take you there with the following:

Try to imagine you have just received word from your doctor that you only have one day left to live. Even attempt to feel the shock and dismay of the doctor's news. Pay particular attention, however, to your disappointments:

What things will you miss? What regrets do you have? What would you do differently if you were given a chance to start your life anew?

At first you may find these questions frivolous, but if approached seriously, your answers could be quite revealing. The goal is to learn about the things you take for granted in life, and learn how to make choices that are better aligned with the intentions of essence.

Some of our students have wondered about this, and have asked if life can indeed quench the thirst of the soul. But as a cup of water can hydrate the body and ensure its continued vitality, life is the vessel that replenishes the soul with the greatest gift the Tao can give: experience.

As we've said many times before, nothing is ever wasted; but nothing is gained, either, if the greatest gift you ever receive is squandered with little gratitude towards the giver.

We should clarify, however, that life is not sacred for reasons of religious exaltation; life is sacred because it is YOURS. And in your life it is a choice if you choose to be the creator or the destroyer. Although there is much that can be learned from either choice.

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