A Precious Human Life
Every day, think as you wake up,
today I am fortunate to have woken up,
I am alive,
I have a precious human life,
I am not going to waste it,
I am going to use all my energies to develop myself,
to expand my heart out to others,
to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings,
I am going to have kind thoughts towards others,
I am not going to get angry or think badly about others,
I am going to benefit others as much as I can.
H.H. the XIV Dalai Lama
Initially, I didn’t plan to address 9/11 as part of the challenge but the world is commemorating today the 10th anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11 and I simply couldn’t ignore it. I tried to link between gratitude and dealing with painful situations in life. I hope it makes sense.
Allot has changed since 9/11. Devastating wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, DRC, Sudan, and countless other places, horrific tsunami, global warming, hurricanes, earthquakes, financial crisis that still affects almost everyone alive, the gulf of Mexican oil spill, social unrest and regimes overthrown across the middle east and much more.
The past few days have been about summaries and reflections of (mainly) the horrible things that took place over the past decade from a global point of view.
Being with what IS
However, conflicts, tsunamis and air pollution occur regularly, both on a global and on a personal level. Each of us confronts them every single day. The question is what do we do with them; How do we react to an inner conflict or an illness that doesn’t go away. how do we deal with a betrayal, a rejection or a separation, what do we do when things don’t happen the way we want them to, what do we do when things get out of our control.
Do we resist them? ignore them? act with aversion? do we blame others or ourselves? do we feel helpless? hopeless? do we sleep it over or take substances to make the pain go away?
Life unfortunately, isn’t perfect. “Bad” things happen but there is no point in trying to resist the “bad” in life. Resistance just fuels it. When we resist something we end up thinking more about it, inflating it, “chewing” on it and wasting allot of our time and energy dwelling on the things that causes us suffering.
Let’s make it today’s exercise, to stop and just be with things as they are. Accept whatever IS. With no judgments. No resistance. With an open heart and a friendly and curious attitude. With kindness to whatever we find is right here. Even if it’s painful. Even if we don’t like it. Even if it makes us look bad. Don’t worry about it – it’s all in our minds – no one really knows how shameful and embarrassing our thoughts are. From my experience, after almost two years of nothing but meditating, alchemy happened only when I finally learned to accept and surrender.
Can we find gratitude for our capacity to be with things as they are today? Can we be grateful for our intention to do so?
Reflecting on the good
We could also spend some time today to reflect on the global good that have happened. We could commemorate the countless men and women who dedicated their lives to save and help others- the paramedics, fire fighters, policemen, nurses, doctors, soldiers, relief and development workers and many others in other professions. Some even lost their lives rescuing others. The countless who supported refugees with food, shelter and medicine. The immeasurable number of individuals who opened their hearts, their homes and their bank accounts to assist strangers during Hurricane Katrina, the tsunami or the global financial crisis; The raise in popularity of the green movement and the raise in global awareness towards the importance of protecting our environment and many many more acts of kindness, generosity and right livelihood.
Thank you all for your support and encouragement and for continuing to spread the word of our project. Over 100 individuals are already taking part in our challenge. Please continue to share your thoughts, opinions and aspirations.
May we rejoice in our precious human life. May we rejoice in our capacity to be with what is. May we live with awareness. May we always be happy.