Let me respectfully remind you
Life and death are of supreme importance.
Time passes swiftly by and opportunity is lost.
Each of us must awaken. Awaken, take heed!
Do not squander your life!
Contrary to popular understanding, the Buddha did not teach "going with the flow." That's pretty much what we always already do. He taught viriya-vada, the way of effort going against the flow.
Our actions are our only true belongings. We cannot escape the consequences of our actions. Our actions are the ground upon which we stand.
I, we, all beings are of the nature to experience illness.
There is no way to avoid experiencing illness.
I, we, all beings are of the nature to die.
There is no way to avoid death
I, we, all beings are of the nature to age. There is no way to avoid aging.
Mindfulness Yoga Rule # 1: We are not here to make asanas of ourselves.
Pay attention and you'll find that even a seemingly uneventful day is filled with precious gifts.
Danaparamita, the "perfection of generosity" or sharing is perhaps the most accessible entry into prajñaparamita, the "perfection of wisdom" which is the insight into the not-self nature of all phenomena.
Note how often we find ourselves struggling to find the right conditions for meditation and the cultivation of a "spiritual" mind amidst the chaos of our lives. We may feel that we need stillness and isolation to practice, withdrawal from the round of daily life. But a central teaching of the Zen tradition is that anyone can awaken to intimacy with life, and nobody can start from anywhere other than where they are at the moment.