Title: Our Appointment with Life
Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
I’ve declared 2011 the year I get my shit together. This credo permeates numerous facets of my life from more time working out to donating more to charities (and my savings account). but I’ve also been spending more time contemplating my spiritual side.
It’s been within in the last ten years that I realize I tend to gravitate more toward eastern religions and philosophies. I’m not knowledgeable enough on any of them to declare myself one religion over the other, but I know that Buddhism, more than any others, speaks to me.
Thich Nhat Nanh is an important Buddhist leader particularly in Western societies. He takes the basic sutras of Buddhism and makes them easily accessible to all. Our Appointment with Life is no different as it seeks to discuss the sutra that discusses living in the present moment.
Do not pursue the past.
Do not lose yourself in the future.
The past no longer is.
The future has not yet come.
Looking deeply at life as it is
in the very here and now,
the practitioner dwells
in stability and freedom.
We must be diligent today.
To wait until tomorrow is too late.
Death comes unexpectedly.
How can we bargain with it?
The sage calls a person who knows
how to dwell in mindfulness
night and day
“on who knows
the better way to live alone”
I still marvel at my ability to pick the perfect book to match where my head is at the moment.