Collective consciousness? Ok - it can stop any time now!!! Our dojo lost a dear friend last week - my sempai - my friend. The first friend, and the first close fellow-karateka I have ever lost. Cut down at the ripe old age of 44 from cancer. And until this moment I was refraining from mentioning it on any of these forums - having already gone through the emotional wrenching of writing a memorial to him on our own dojo webpage...enough was enough. And then this collective consciousness rears its dark hooded head...
It is true - faced with death of one close to us - by blood, love (or even just in physical proximity!) has a way of making us face our own mortality - never knowing when our "number" is up, all we can do is make sure that our affairs are in order to the best of our ability - give to our children and our family NOW what we really wish them to have of us - our feelings, our teachings, our hopes, our dreams. And face life forward with intentions of appreciating every taste, smell, touch, sight and sound while we are still able - for too soon, all too soon, the dark spectre reaches out to escort us onward...
I read once in a book of Tibetan philosophy that there is a belief that with with every exhalation - we die - with every inhalation - we are re-born. Each breath gives us a moment to face our mortality - and a chance to start anew - no regrets. Are we up to the challenge?
This may belong in the creative forum - but bear with me - It is my favorite by Pushkin - and it seems fitting here...
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>It is time friend, time.
For peace the spirit aches.
Day chases day, each passing moment rakes
away a grain of life.
While we, you and I,
would rather have lived on -
lo, all at once we die.
Here happiness is not --
but peace and freedom are.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Peace - tenuous that it is,