Building in a World of Sand

You should try to…make an understanding with yourself that you are not your body, you are something bigger.

That is your work on this earth, do you see? Every experience here is to teach you to do that.

Living, dying, every experience.

(Roland Merullo, Breakfast with Buddha,  P. 275)

We are wondrous world builders, ever vigilant to outside threats. We want to taking-a-look-0714last forever just as we are, and we go to great lengths to protect ourselves.

We are so similar to the sand mandala, constructed with carefully chosen colored sand, each grain its own world. Once the mandala is complete, it is dismantled and released into water, and the process begins again.

When we die, we are “dust to dust” or “ashes to ashes.” Like the mandala, our bodies are no more but we are the energy of existence. We are everywhere.

Better to tend to our work on this earth as “Buddha” advises in Merullo’s novel–to see the world in a grain of sand–after all, we are forever.

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  1. I remember the first time I read about sand mandalas … And thought “they must be crazy to destroy such beauty” …. and then I lived life with its highs and lows, and was able to see the truth here. Cherish the moments we have, knowing it all passes. 💛

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    1. I had the same reaction, Val to sand mandalas. Really, it made no sense to me. That would take some time. 🙂

      For me, it’s trusting in letting go, believing beauty returns. Impermanence gets me through the highs and lows–now–but for so many decades I held onto so much–well, tried to, of course. 😉

      Thanks, Val!

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