TODAY, LIGHT UP IN FLAMES AS YOU RE-MEMBER AND GIVE THANKS TO ALL OF THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE YOU. RE-MEMBER, WE ARE ALL ANCIENT ENERGY IN FLESH AND BLOOD. I RE-MEMBER TODAY THAT I CARRY DNA THAT IS 50,000 + YEARS OLD PUMPING THROUGH MY VEINS. I RE-MEMBER I AM NOT ALONE. I AM AWARE THAT THE EXPERIENCE AND INFORMATION CONTAINED IN MY CELLS HAS CARRIED US FORWARD FOR THIS LONG. AAAH... THE SWEET MEMORY OF REMINISCING WITHIN, THE NIGHT WHERE ALL EVENTUALLY GOES BACK TO.
HAPPY DIA DE LOS MUERTOS, LIVING PEOPLE!
REMEMBER THE VIEW
The teachings show us precisely what will happen if we prepare for death and what will happen if we do not. The choice could not be clearer. If we refuse to accept death now, while we are still alive, we will pay dearly throughout our lives, at the moment of death, and thereafter. The effects of this refusal will ravage this life and all the lives to come.
We will not be able to live our lives fully; we will remain imprisoned in the very aspect of ourselves that has to die. This ignorance will rob us of the basis of the journey to enlightenment, and trap us endlessly in the realm of illusion, the uncontrolled cycle of birth and death, that ocean of suffering that Buddhists call “samsara.”
The fear that impermanence awakens in us, that nothing is real and nothing lasts, is, we come to discover, our greatest friend because it drives us to ask: If everything dies and changes, then what is really true? Is there something behind the appearances? Is there something in fact we can depend on, that does survive what we call death?
Allowing these questions to occupy us urgently, and reflecting on them, we slowly find ourselves making a profound shift in the way we view everything. We come to uncover in ourselves “something” that we begin to realize lies behind all the changes and deaths of the world.
As this happens, we catch repeated and glowing glimpses of the vast implications behind the truth of impermanence. We come to uncover a depth of peace, joy, and confidence in ourselves that fills us with wonder, and breeds in us gradually a certainty that there is in us “something” that nothing destroys, that nothing alters, and that cannot die.