A Very Young Juniper Bonsai
Yesterday, a dear childhood friend of mine became a Grandmother with the arrival of her first Grand Daughter. The parents and grandparents are loving, caring, proud and happy.
The child is healthy and beautiful – the first, she is!
She is the first child, of the first child, of the first child. She is the sum of all things and within her all of her ancestors can be found.
Life. Welcome to this earth little one! May you always love and be loved, may you always be healthy and compassionate, may you always be safe and without suffering. May your family be blessed in every moment.
I wish this to you little one, just as I have my own precious granddaughters and children.
We all grow old, we all experience sickness and we all will eventually die…the Three Heavenly Messengers that Siddhartha experienced prior to becoming Buddha. We all know this. We all don’t like to dwell on it much. We all just want to be young and not suffer…and when the time comes, not be afraid to pass away.
The beauty and wonder we see in our children is our self. Within the child we see ourselves…our eyes, our hands, our feet, the way they learn to walk, talk and be on their own, as we grow older. Somehow, someway, we will live on forever through our children.
It is important that we look to self, for what we see in our self is that same thing we see in our children and grand children, even if we don’t know what it is.
By being good to myself, I can be good to my children and grandchildren.
When I hug my children, my “self” and my ancestors hug me back.
Peace be with you. may you not suffer.