“The whole cosmos has come together to create you. You carry the whole cosmos inside you. That is why, to accept yourself and to love yourself is an expression of gratitude.” Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist Monk and peace activist

Thich Nhat Hanh passed today and I am saddened; however, I know that his wisdom and teachings will forever remain in my heart. He has offered so many beautiful insights about life and through his writings, many years ago, I was deeply touched. He said, “Peace begins within.” It was that simple and yet that complex. For me, it’s been a continual journey of remembering and re-discovery! To BE peace and to accept and love myself are concepts that I’ve found I embrace; however, to really BE them is a daily practice. Letting go of old habits and beliefs and being willing to change continues to be an ongoing choice to live more consciously.

With his passing I also reflect on the many lives lost during the past two years. Other losses have occurred as well. For example, there have been losses of love, identity, jobs, lifestyle changes, comfort, and so much more. In many cases these losses have opened new opportunities of creativity, quality of life improvements, and freedom. It varies, doesn’t it? So, today I want to share Thich Nhat Hanh’s perspective on life. It’s titled Contemplation on No Coming, No Going:

“This body is not me, I am not limited by this body. I am life without boundaries. I have never been born, and I have never died. 

Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars, manifestations from my wondrous true mind. Since before time, I have been free. Birth and death are only doors through which we pass, sacred thresholds on our journey. Birth and death are a game of hide-and-seek. 

So laugh with me, hold my hand, let us say good-bye, to meet again soon. To meet today, we will meet again tomorrow. We will meet at the source every moment. We meet each other in all forms of life.”

Hmmm. Will we meet as a flower, a rain drop, tree, or a grain of sand? What a wondrous surprise if we will recognize one another! Remember that we are a part of the whole. We are One and in our oneness all is possible. Understanding and love are the foundations of happiness. BE the life that you are and cherish each and every moment! Love and accept YOU! Remember, “The whole cosmos has come together to create you.” Sending lots of love to each one of you.

If you are interested in more personal support, together, we can explore releasing resistance to being the best you can be which includes: old habits, behaviors, past life influences, emotions, and the illusion of what you are not. 

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