No One is Trying to be Somewhere Else

B8114BE8-C3B4-450D-A036-4BE72B635120My volunteer experience in building the largest Kadampa International Retreat Center in the US. 

Seasoned meditators have a way of dealing with life like non other I have ever experienced. Their “feathers don’t get ruffled” when things go awry or not as planned.

I have witnessed this on several occasions.

  1. While cleaning the kitchen, I knocked a glass salt shaker off a shelf, and it landed on top of a crystal goblet, spraying shards of glass all over the counter tops, and countless stacks of dishes. The only thing that could be done was to take everything off the shelves, and rewash them.  It was fifteen minutes prior to everyone being finished with their shift.  The entire kitchen came to help me clean, and wash the dishes. The only words spoken after I profusely apologized were “it’s ok we have all been there.”
  2. Not one person is wearing ear phones to listen to music. Its not a rule, it’s just their desire to respectively and happily be present.
  3. The start of each shift is honored by being on time and break times are never extended. If there task is not complete, they stay till it is finished.

I hear over and over again their only wish is to obtain a peaceful mind.

I have been to the kitchen, and I know what I want for breakfast.

Circle of Life

 

 

This week, I had the wonderful opportunity to witness the circle of life.  I was invited by a volunteer for the Turtle Patrol Coastal Wildlife Club to watch a mother give birth to a clutch of 75 -150 eggs.  Manasota Key is a nesting ground for the Loggerhead Sea turtles.

From eggs, to hatchlings, to adults their lives are in danger of becoming extinct. The club helps to preserve their existence by making the public aware of their nesting sites.

By having this opportunity to witness such a miracle I was reminded just how precious life is.

My grandmother passed away this week.  Our family was planning a birthday party in November to celebrate her 100th birthday.  Upon her passing she gave me a gift. My daughter called me for the first time in 8 years, and we had a long and meaningful conversation.

Whether we live a moment, a week, a month, or 100 years; our life is always in danger of becoming extinct.

Take time to love and honor the miracle of your life, you are not guaranteed how long your circle will last.

“It’s the circle of life

And it moves us all

Through despair and hope

Through love and faith”