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For Ira

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Morning. New Day. Joy of birth.
For Ira. May you face a thousand mornings.

"All we need is the morning. As long as there is sunrise, then there is the possibility that we can face all our misfortunes, celebrate all our blessings, and live all our endeavors as human beings. Spirituality is something that has become necessary in these troubled times. Yet it is inherently superfluous. We need it to remind ourselves, to bolster ourselves, to integrate ourselves, to fulfill ourselves. If we could simply acknowledge the mystery of night and the glory of morning, we would need neither civilization nor spirituality.
At its simplest, life begins with dawn. That is blessing enough. That is happiness enough. All else becomes fullness immeasurable. At dawn, kneel down and give thanks to this wonderful event. We may think mornings are so common that they are unworthy of veneration, but how do you realize most places in the the cosmos do not have mornings? This daily event is our supreme goodness.
Greet the dawn. That is your miracle to witness. That is the ultimate beauty. That is sacredness. That is your gift from heaven. That is your omen of prophesy. That is knowledge that life is not futile. That is enlightenment. That is your meaning in life, That is your directive. That is your comfort. That is the solemnity of duty. That is inspiration for compassion. That is the light of the ultimate."

morning 365 Tao Deng Ming-Dao Daily Meditations

  1. Blogger Neo said:

    Cathy -That was nice. Too often people take the sunrise of morning for granted. I used to love staying up by the water and watching the sun just as it crawled above the horizon.

    It was beautiful

  1. Blogger blackcrag said:

    Hey! You changed colour! Are you renaming your blog the Chameleon Diaries? The new colour is very soothing.

    I’m sorry to hear about your friend’s baby. I hope he pulls through. I always remember this passage I read (though I can’t remember where I read it) where a supplicant asks his god “Why is it that some babies live such a short time yet give so much joy, and others linger into sour old age, making life a misery?” The god replied, “You have answered your own question.”

    I had to paraphrase this, I am sure it sounded much better in the original text (if I should ever find it again).

  1. Blogger vani said:

    that was nice- i have to catch up on who IRA is...hope you had a merry x-mas. :)

  1. Blogger Dirk the Feeble said:

    I thought all we needed was love . . .

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    A simple hope; to see the next dawn.

    I am apparently a chameleon, but actually just housekeeping; I couldn't keep those Christmassy colours on here forever!
    And thank you for passing on that passage. It is helpful, and I hope it will be for them as well.

    Take care, and be thankful for your healthy babe-on-the-way!

    I wish it were so.

  1. Blogger Chloe said:

    I visited Ira's parents' blog and wrote some wishes. I just admire them for their strength and i deeply wish that they are going to enjoy thousands of mornings with their baby, as you said.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    My heart aches for these parents I do not know.

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    Cathy - That quote is so fitting. I've read Ira's story, and I will count my blessings every day and keep them in my prayers.

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