The Second of a Lifetime


There’s a idea in Japanese tea ceremony from Zen, roughly translated as “one probability in a lifetime,” or “one lifetime, one assembly.” It’s such a good looking concept: any assembly you might have with somebody is exclusive, fleeting, and can by no means occur once more, even should you see this individual on daily basis.

What would life be like if we may study this sort of deep appreciation for any second?

I discover myself usually in a rush for one thing I wish to occur instantly. I would like it to be totally completed, yesterday. I’m overlooking the unimaginable second that’s occurring proper now.

I discover myself annoyed with different individuals, even when I don’t wish to admit that frustration. I would like the opposite individual to be completely different than they’re, need them to alter. I’m lacking out on the fantastic thing about being with this individual simply as they’re.

I discover myself eager to rush round doing issues, and eager to fill each second with distractions, productive actions, busyness. I’m lacking a possibility for stillness, for stopping and simply being in the fantastic thing about the current second.

I usually appear to suppose (with out realizing it) that there’s some particular second in life that’s coming, that will likely be extra particular than life is correct now. What I neglect is that life doesn’t get extra particular than what’s occurring proper now.

This right here, this second occurring proper now … that is the second of a lifetime.

How heartachingly attractive it’s.


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