"....to become divine messengers, the facts of aging, illness, and death must jolt us into an awareness of the fragile, precarious nature of our normal day-to-day lives." Bhikkhu Bodhi
This precious human life.
Meeting sickness, old age and death as Divine Messengers, describe a classical Buddhist perspective about how to greet the inevitable changes we all face in our lives. It is a very alive and important teaching for me right now.
Meeting inevitable change and the suffering it brings is a relevant truth regardless of our tradition or no tradition.
There is suffering as the body changes. I want the body to not suffer. Yet there is suffering. The body changes, the mind changes, everything changes.
With grace and wisdom we may learn to greet suffering in new ways that don't make suffering increase, don't deny it or sweep it under the rug. To honor suffering as The Holy Wake Up To This Moment Call.
For me, rewiring the brain helps me be a better friend in greeting these Divine Ones, for moments at a time. Taking in Love is an ongoing rewiring practice. Love's big open arms hold me deeply as I continue to learn to accept the realities of change, of suffering, a few breaths at a time.
Inspired by "Meeting the Divine Messengers", by Bhikkhu Bodhi.
Click here to listen to Tara Brach interview Frank Ostaseski about Heavenly Messengers.
Coming Soon! Meditations and Relaxations for your Healing Journey
These recordings will soon be available for you!
I produced this CD last year through a generous collaboration with Providence Medical Center, Leila J. Eisenstein Breast Center, Medford.