What legacy will you leave for others?
It is important to be aware that we are creating our legacy with every thought and action—not just the ones we wish others would notice about us.
Each moment we are leaving a trail to show others where we have been.
Each of us is a pioneer, stepping into an unknown landscape. As we make our path through life, we help others see (and perhaps avoid) the dangerous places, the places where the ice is too thin to walk on.
Hopefully we leave markings to show others a path that brings freedom from suffering—and not add to it.
The legacy I wish to leave is a way of finding grace in difficulties. I want to leave a path that teaches how to enjoy each moment as it arises. I want to be remembered as someone who didn’t give in to despair, but remembered to take refuge in the unknown and the calm.
How to stay calm when living in the unknown, where we have no ideas what will happen next is a skill that, when mastered creates a life of contentment and satisfaction. It relieve suffering.
It is helpful to know that the word “suffer” stems from the root word “allow.”
When we allow things to be what they are without resisting them, suffering ceases. But there is a long learning curve for most of us to accept life just as it comes, without wanting it to be different.
Freedom from suffering is the path I wish to leave for others. But it only becomes a path as I walk on it! Thinking about it and dreaming of it won’t create the path. It takes “feet on the ground” so to speak.
So I start from where I am this moment. I speak these words “May I take refuge in the calm.”
“May I take refuge in the unknown.”
I stop and experience the breath that is entering me. This practice slows me down. It brings a sense of calmness into my life. Without resistance I can see what is here this moment. What idea is calling to me? I simply look, observe and give thanks. And mindfully experience the next breath, and the next moment.
I explore what my mind is doing, what my body is doing in this moment.
I desire to allow each breath to release all that has been, and rest in the gap between the inbreath and the outbreath.
Each moment is brand new and full of possibilities.
The future is filled with something that never has been. Let me step into it, breath by breath.
My desire is that you may be free from suffering. May you allow things to be just as they are right now. And may you remember that they will change. In fact, they already have.
May you enjoy this moment. May you relax into it as you explore this moment—it is unknown until you venture in!
Blessings of love,