Our True Heritage

“The cosmos is filled with precious gems.  
I want to offer a handful of them to you this morning.
Each moment you are alive is a gem, 
shining through and containing earth and sky,
 water and clouds.

It needs you to breathe gently 
for the miracles to be displayed.  
Suddenly you hear the birds singing, 
the pines chanting, 
see the flowers blooming, 
the blue sky, 
the white clouds, 
the smile and the marvelous look 
of your beloved.

You, the richest person on Earth,
 who have been going around begging for a living, 
stop being the destitute child.  
Come back and claim your heritage.  
We should enjoy our happiness
 and offer it to everyone.  
Cherish this very moment.  
Let go of the stream of distress 
and embrace life fully in your arms.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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“When body and mind are together, you are fully present. You are fully alive and you can touch the wonders of life that are available in the here and the now. So you practice not only with your mind but with your body. Body and mind should be experienced as one thing, not two. On that ground, you see that everything you are looking for is already there. Whether it is enlightenment, nirvana, liberation, Buddha, dharma, sangha, or happiness, it is right there. In fact, that is the only place, the only moment, where you can find these things.”

~Thich Nhat Hanh