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 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.