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Sky: Change Today Beauvoir Quote

A tragedy like the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 can arouse your compassion and sense of connectedness with all humanity. So please don’t turn off or flip the channel when you hear tragic news and harden to the sadness, pain and grief.

Empathy – which involves the recognition that we are all fundamentally the same – has the power to change the world for the better if we make it our dominant perspective.

Life is fragile and we’re far more vulnerable than we’d like to believe.  We act like we’ll live forever as we obsessively go about our days embroiled in our own desires, aversions, and goals.

But, all these emotions and activities will fade away one day, and it could be sooner than you think.  It’s certain we will die; we just don’t know when or how.  When they boarded the fated plane, most people on this Malaysia Airlines flight didn’t expect the next few hours would be their last.

Be Intentional:  Lead a Good Life Now

You never know how much time you’ll have. So decide to lead a good life now.  Don’t waste another moment, but also proceed with ease.   Be intentional in your thoughts, words, and actions.

Aspire to:

  1. Never harm another.
  2. Be kind to all.
  3. Train your mind in goodness.
  4. To not take your worldly activities too seriously; they are impermanent.
  5. To not take yourself too seriously either. All those worries, strong opinions, and must dos that currently populate your mind will suddenly vanish when you do.

That doesn’t mean you should be blasé about life.  Due to interdependence, what you think, say, and do matters.  So get it right now instead of having regrets when death is staring you in the eyes.

Despite territorial tensions in the South China Sea, where the plane went down, many different countries came together to participate in the search and rescue efforts for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.  This proves that we can drop our negative attitudes in an instant, change our mind and come together on behalf of humanity.  It’s a choice we make in each moment.

Is there one positive step you can take today?

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  1. Jean Sampson

    Yes, Sandra, it really is all impermanent and I feel that my job is to tie up all of the loose ends (maybe from many lifetimes) and let go of any patterns that tie me to earth too much, while, at the same time, loving and being totally connected to earth and life. It is quite a trick (that I certainly have NOT mastered) to love people and earth and yet not be attached. No wonder the gods and guides all seem to be laughing most of the time. What a funny and weird predicament we are all in! 🙂 🙂 And, really, at the root of everything is that we are all one and that love and compassion are really the bones of our existence. Whew! 🙂

    • Wow, that’s a huge goal, Jean. I really admire your big vision. Let’s go for it and clear out all our karmic patterns! It is an interesting balance, isn’t it to be fully present and in this world, but to know we are not of this world. I wish you the very best with this awesome, amazing, and beautiful aspiration.

  2. Thank you for this inspiring and thoughtful post. It is full of gentle reminders that I needed to hear.

  3. What an encouraging read to start off my day! 🙂 Thank you, Sandra!

    I’ve always heard and believed that love and happiness are choices we make. We can choose to be positive instead of letting negative emotions rule us.

    — Except in cases where hormones are involved, I guess. 😉

    • I’m glad you found this upbeat, Gloria! Yes, hormones and other biochemical activity can give us more challenges, can’t they. 🙂

  4. Hi Sandra – my thoughts and prayers are with the families of the passengers on that airline. Being from Malaysia, the story hits close to home. No better time than the present moment to live our best life. We never know when it could be our last moment. A couple other positive steps I would add to live every moment to the fullest – 1) forgive everyone and let go of all grudges (a great way to live life every day) and 2) follow your dreams now. There may not be a tomorrow so might as well do what you would really enjoy doing now.

    One suggestion which you mentioned that I think can really make a difference to living is to constantly remind ourselves nothing is permanent. By adopting that mindset, we let go of our desire to clutch on to the world and in the process create more suffering in our mind. Thank you for this read and reminders, Sandra.

    • Those are great additions, Vishnu! I agree that it’s so important to actually reflect on impermanence each and everyday. Letting go I feel is a life long practice, but our grasping can diminish bit by bit. Yes, it’s that clutching that brings the suffering, isn’t it!

  5. Absolutely loved those 5 points Sandra. Simplifying it even further… for me… I pay attention to whether I’m coming from love or fear in as many moments of my day as possible. And find this to be a great practice and incredibly uplifting. Would like to tell you that I always come from love…oh well…as I say it’s a good practice. 🙂

    • Dear Elle,

      That’s a wonderfully simple practice. Thanks for sharing it with us. We’re all on the path so I know you are coming from love more and more and the fear is diminishing all the time even if it’s still there a bit!

  6. How beautiful, resonating in my heart: “Don’t waste another moment…”
    Simple, isn’t it?

    So grateful for this!

  7. Hi Sandra,
    I really have to focus on “not taking myself too seriously.” This is a hard one for me, but certainly something I aspire to do! My desire is to have the same attitude towards life I did as a child. Full of wonder, curiosity, simplicity, and joy. I think you should do a post on how not to take yourself to seriously! Look forward to more posts 🙂

    • That’s a beautiful aspiration, Kelly. When we loosen up and take life less seriously, it’s so much easier all around. I love the qualities your wishing for and I think when we realize that we really don’t know what’s next, it’s much easier to be curious and open to the wonder. Thanks for the post suggestion.

  8. Loved this….be intentional is what I most take away. Thank you

  9. What a beautiful reminder this is and what a wonderful way to learn from a tragedy. We are permanent in one sense. We are pure, radiant life energy, always behind our physical form. We’re just like the trees, the leaves, the clouds, and the tigers.

    I think the essence of life is exploring the beauty of our permanence while playing a great, fun game with the impermanent. My outer self is my creation, my art piece, and my project, but that is not WHO I am. That is just what I am doing with this silly, beautiful thing called life. 🙂

    • Beautifully said, Vironika! I so agree that our essence is unchanging. I don’t think we’re exactly like the trees, leaves, and clouds because we have an awareness and the capacity to realize our full potential, but our outer aspect is certainly ever-changing like they are.

      When we take life less seriously, as you suggest, it really makes such a huge difference, doesn’t it! Keep enjoying!

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