April 14, 2020
We find ourselves in a time and place where what is most important in the world is becoming clearer and clearer. It may be a result of us becoming more and more aware of the frailty of life. We come to realize what is truly important in life. Family, friends, art & music, laughter and sharing.
We see daily people thanking each other for their work and their contributions to the world. We see people practicing the simple art of sewing masks for others, sharing food where needed and singing songs together while still apart. It is these things that make us truly human. We do these things to share with other people that we care about and with other people in need. We have come to reevaluate what is most important in our lives.
Music, art and culture are an essential part of our lives. We are paying closer attention to them now and less attention to the selfish needs of our own. At least I hope so. Take time today to listen to a song and its message.
“The debt of gratitude I owe to Amida’s great Compassion, I will proclaim until my life disintegrates into dust. The debt of gratitude I owe my Dharma teachers, I will express until my bodily form is finally shattered.”
Rev. Hosei Shinseki