February 29

Today's quotation:

Listen to your life.  See it for the fathomless mystery that it is.  In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness:  touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.

Frederick Buechner

Today's Meditation:

I think that sometimes we take our lives for granted.  We get caught up in the day-to-day troubles and joys and tasks, and we forget to keep in mind what an amazing miracle it is that we're even here in the first place.  Some days, when I feel down or listless or frustrated, it does me a world of good to stop and think for a few moments about how amazing it is that I'm here in the first place, that my heart and lungs and veins and eyes and muscles are all working together in harmony, that I'm able to see and hear and smell and dance and taste.

Our lives have a lot to teach us about joy and about humility and about appreciation, if only we listen to them.  We really do need to think more deeply about the fact that we're alive at all if we're to grow in awareness and if we're ever going to have any chance to truly appreciate just how blessed we are to have some of the amazing gifts that we have.  Life doesn't have to be always exciting and adventurous for us to fully appreciate it and love it--even the quiet days that allow us to rest are truly amazing days that prepare us for the other days when we need our energy to be high.

All moments are key moments, because there's something to learn from each moment of our lives.  If we're not learning, that's our choice--and that's a shame.  We have it within our means to make of life a truly amazing experience, but we need to put ourselves out there in order to do so.  We need to live consciously, taste consciously, hear consciously, and be aware of all that passes not just each day, but each moment.  When we're able to do that, we find that life becomes something different, something amazing, and we can truly appreciate all that we've been given while we're here on this planet.

Questions to consider:

Why is it so easy to take our lives for granted and not think consciously of the many blessings that we have?

How can we go about increasing our awareness of all that we have?

What would it take for you to shift your life to a more bold and daring experience?  Why must you wait for that something?

For further thought:

Life is best lived by being bold and daring.  People tend to grow fearful when they taste failure, face a daunting challenge or fall ill.  Yet that is precisely the time to become even bolder.  Those who are victors at heart are the greatest of all champions.

Daisaku Ikeda

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