Thursday, November 25, 2004


Few years ago,an American woman named Pema Chodron published a book,"The Wisdom Of No Escape" that captured imaginations all over the world.She wrote about saying yes to life,about making friends with ourselves/our world,and about accepting the delightful and painful situation of "no exit".
In chapter 6,the book tells a story of woman running from tigers.She runs and runs,and the tigers are getting closer and closer.When she comes to the edge of a cliff,she sees some vines there,so she climbs down and holds on to the vines.Looking down she sees that there are tigers below her as well.She then notices that a mouse is gnawing away at the vine to which she is clinging.She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries closer to her,growing out of a clump of grass.She looks up she looks down.She looks at the mouse.Then she just take a strawberry,puts it her mouth,and enjoys it throughly.
...Tigers above,tigers below.This is actually the predicament that we are always in,in terms of our birth and death.Each moment is just what it is.It might be the only moment of our life,it might be the only strawberry we'll ever eat.We could get depressed about it,or we could finally appreciate it and delight in the preciousness of every moment of our life.
~*Acknowledging the preciousness of each day is a good way to live,a good way to reconnect with our basic joy~*
From:The Wisdom Of No escape p.25.