What is our Life about?

The following was written by Ezra Bayda, a Zen teacher and can be found in his book “being zen – Bringing meditation to life”:

Our aspiration, our calling, our desire for a

genuine life,

is to see the truth of who we really are-

that the nature of our Being is connectedness and love,

not the illusion of a separate self to which our suffering


It is from this awareness that Life can flow through us;

the Unconditioned manifesting freely as our conditioned body.

And what is the path?

To learn to reside in whatever life presents.

To learn to attend to all those things that block the flow of a more open life;

and to see them as the very path to awakening-

all the constructs, the identities,

the holding back, the protections,

all the fears, the self-judgements, the blame-

all that separates us from letting life be.

And what is the path?

To turn away from constantly seeking comfort

and from trying to avoid pain.

To open to the willingness to just be,

in this very moment,

exactly as it is.

No longer so ready to be caught

in the relentlessly spinning mind

practice is about awakening to the true Self:

no one special to be,

nowhere to go,

just Being.

We are so much more than just this body,

just this personal drama.

As we cling to our fear,

and our shame, and our suffering,

we forsake the gratitude of living from our natural being.

So where, in this very moment, do we cling to our views?

Softening around the mind’s incessant judgment,

we can awaken the heart that seeks to be awakened.

And when the veil of separation rises,

Life simply unfolds as it will.

No longer caught in the self-centered dream,

we can give ourselves to others,

like a white bird in the snow.

Time is fleeting.

Don’t hold back.

Appreciate this precious life.


1 Comment

  1. April 27, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Beautiful and insightful words.

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