If you discovered
That you had exactly one day to live
How would you spend your final 24 hours
And 86,400 seconds
In your physical body?
Would you spend it chasing after money, power and fame?
Or, would you live it with your mind centered on God?
Would you hold on to grudges with old friends and lovers?
Or, would you finally learn to forgive and forget?
And as your final seconds ticked away…..
What would be your departing thoughts?
Would you have wished you had lived more for today?
Or, would you have no regrets for a life lived with love?
You are the stars and the moon
And you are the sun rising and setting
You are the eagles soaring
And you are the seasons passing
Open and present
To whatever greets you
Nothing can ever prevent you
From being everything
Loving awareness is who you are.
Life is an exquisite balance
Of holding and letting go
Of taking and giving
There is nothing ever to grasp onto
When everything but the soul
Coming and going
Just like the passing of the seasons….
So prepare to meet both birth and death
As well as success and failure
With the same calm detachment
And loving acceptance
Of all that is.
A mountain creek
Is the perfect role model
For how to live one’s life…..
It is freely flowing
Filled with purpose
Attached not to any destination
And fearlessly present.
Meditate and pray
Read sacred scriptures
Tend to the garden
Hike through the forest
Swim in a mountain creek
Write some poetry
Eat breakfast mindfully
Give thanks to the One
To be alive another morning.