Fate is unpredictable. Shit happens.
So, live your life in such a way that you are prepared to die anytime, anywhere.
Nothing will be taken for granted.
Every second is a gift.
And you are grateful for the present.
Because that’s all you have. For now.
Because it will soon end.
Nothing can be taken along with you.
In death, you own nothing.
In life, you own nothing too.
Because you can’t bring them with you.
All will soon be gone.
A chance encounter – a temporary experience – that’s what it is.
That’s all there is.
You don’t have to cling and worry and fear losing anything.
Because there’s nothing to lose.
You don’t have to be wary, constantly on guard; you don’t have to be anxious.
There’s nothing to possess and protect.
There’s only the changing stream of present.
The ever-flowing current of now.
It flows; it’s gone, and it’s coming; it’s gone, and it’s coming…
Drink from this river and be refreshed.
Masks are not needed.
You can stop acting. You can drop the facade.
Because you know you will die any moment.
What’s the point of pretending?
You don’t have to wait to say ‘I love you’, ‘I’m sorry’ and ‘please forgive me’.
You don’t have to wait until you are dying.
Because you are dying, just as you are living.
Every instant lived is an instant closer to death.
You don’t have to wait to say those words that matter.
You can say it now.
You are dying.
There’s no need to pretend anymore.
You don’t have to be numb.
I love you.
And I’m really sorry.
Will you, please forgive me?
There’s no more burden. You can release it.
There’s no more judgement. You can let go of it.
There’s no need to justify yourself.
What is there to justify anyway?
And so, there’s no internal struggle, no self-inflicted tiredness.
Your mind is free to focus. You can do your daily tasks easily.
Because doubts are fading. Clouds are clearing.
And you can wonder now.
And be amazed.
By the wonderful world of magic.
Pause, and appreciate this magic:
‘How does all this come to be?’
‘How goes this changing pattern of everything?’
It’s just, wondrous.
Joyful perhaps, painful perhaps, wondrous nevertheless.
Pause from your usual busy business of rushing to somewhere.
Round and round in circles?
What are you really busy with?
Cease from your usual busy business of achieving something.
What are you really trying to achieve?
Observe and contemplate.
You don’t have to go somewhere to achieve something.
You don’t have to rush.
Because somehow, deep inside, you already know what the true destination is.
And that whatever you do, you will still reach it eventually.
There’s no need to rush all the time.
We are all going to die.
Take time to pause and cease.
For reality becomes fuller and clearer when you are slower and aware.
Living becomes deeper.
Your experiences, richer.
You begin to know yourself a little better, that the child is still in here.
That you can still be childish.
And be amazed.
By the magic of life and the universe.
By the mystery of fate.
Wonder, and the world is wonder-ful.
Forget the stories and lies you tell yourself.
To deceive and distract yourself from suffering.
Because to turn away from suffering, you turn away from joy and compassion and truth and kindness.
You turn away from reality.
By repeating the stories and lies to escape suffering, you make yourself false, inauthentic.
You turn yourself numb into a gnawing void of living dead.
You try so hard not to feel that instead you crave so much for that intense pleasure – just to know you still exist.
Existing is not true living.
Existing is just, existing.
The hunger remains. The thirst is burning.
You will never be fulfilled.
Embrace your dying life.
Live like you are going to die any moment.
Your senses are sharpened.
Your spirit is keen.
You are elevated, you are energized, simply to live.
Vitality. Freedom. Gratefulness.
This is awakening.
You are awakened.
Death is still waiting for you but now you are unafraid.
For it is the final destination – home.
Where you can rest, in peace.
It is always waiting for you.
Meanwhile, you still have the gift – the present – and so,
you have a life to live.
The journey moves itself. It’s fate.
All you have to do,
is to live like you are going to die any moment.
That’s what you have to do, to live.
It’s not difficult to understand this idea. It’s quite simple.
But to really test its claim, to really appreciate its power, you have to do it.
Live for a week like you are going to die any moment.
For the rest of your life.
Then you will know for yourself what awakened living is possibly like.