To me, the ability to strive for balance and joy is an amazing privilege. It is a journey I embrace and hope to share with my clients. It is a sacred and honorable place within us. If we can keep that in mind, we will not have to desire or fear anything. It will be within and the need to look externally will torture us no longer. We will have balance. We will have the ability to heal and the ability to help others - we are all connected.
The last words of the Buddha before his death were: "All good things come to an end. Strive on tirelessly." The idea of striving tirelessly in our professions and lives was profoundfully put, in my opinion, by Rosenbaum:
"May this be our koan: to continuously ask how we may, in the midst of our activity, cultivate a practice of mindfully not-minding ourselves, to offer our Selves to the opening of acceptance, compassion, kindness, and joy."
I know my experiences and growth have been touched byBuddhism. It has given me the courage to explore knowing that anything I fear, love, hate, whatever is only temporary so I must bask in what the universe sends me in order to live fully. I appreciate each day, each person, and each experience. I am filled with gratitude and I know others see and feel it from me too. What a beautiful and empowering way to exist.