Life is Eternal: Life is Eternal
As we move into to fall in the northeast, the crisp, clean, cool air is always refreshing.
It is particularly magnified this year after the oppressive humidity this summer.
Fall also makes me think of the natural cycles and rhythms of life…closed doors lead to open ones, yin to yang, down to up, failure to success, suffering to joy, death to birth.
It is comforting to keep our thoughts and intentions in perspective this way when things aren’t going as planned.
One of my favorite awakened teacher, Eckart Tolle, sums it up beautifully here:
“When you walk through a forest that has not been tamed and interfered with by man, you will see not only abundant life around you, but you will also encounter fallen trees and decaying trunks, rotting leaves and decomposing matter at every step. Wherever you look, you will find death as well as life.
Upon closer scrutiny, however, you will discover the that decomposing tree trunk and rotting leaves not only give birth to new life, but are full of life themselves. Microorganisms are at work. Molecules are rearranging themselves. So death isn’t to be found anywhere. There is only the metamorphosis of life forms. What can you learn from this?
Death is not the opposite of life. Life has no opposite. The opposite of death is birth. Life is eternal.”
~ Eckhart Tolle from “Stillness Speaks”