Life is a great place to practice being alive. It is a proving ground, a laboratory, a testing facility, where we get up every day and find ways of being who we are, living true to ourselves, anyway, nevertheless, even so, no matter what, for as long as we breathe. Breathing is the key, the foundation, the anchor stone. Being conscious of our breathing is being conscious, and being conscious is the prerequisite for being grounded, for being oriented, for being in accord with, in tune with, aligned with, at one with, the things that truly matter. Things like Yin/Yang. Our essential nature. Our innate virtues. Emptiness. Stillness. Silence. Integrity. Sincerity. Laughter. Peace. Compassion. Kindness... The list goes on... Life is where we come alive to the things that truly matter, and live to experience/express them no matter what. How we handle/deal with disappointment, dismay, dejection, depression, despair... is a function of how determined we are to be alive to the wonder of life in the time and place of our living. We stand between elation and despondency every day. We are the balance spot, the fulcrum, the still point of the turning world. Everything depends on our point of view. Our way of seeing. Our perspective/attitude/degree of enlightenment/ awareness/realization/illumination/understanding/... all the time. "But it's SO HARD!" "But The Pain! The Pain!" "But It Won't Let-up Or Go Away!" So, we can't give up and quit! We are only a perspective shift away at all times, in all places. It all comes down to how we look at things, at how we see things, at how we feel about things, at what we select to emphasize, and how we respond to it, all the time, everywhere. We make it all up, what it means, how much it matters, every moment of every day. We hold all the cards. What we say goes. In terms of our response to what happened last and what happens next. Here and Now. Are you with me here, now, or not? Addendum: True seeing is seeing things as they are and as they also are, at the fulcrum the balance point the still point, and living in response to them so that they might become what they are capable of being. Moment to moment. In each situation as it arises. Here/Now.