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Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water.

The moon does not get wet nor is the water broken.

Although its light is wide and great,

The moon is reflected in a puddle even an inch wide.

The whole moon and the entire sky

Are reflected on one dewdrop in the grass.


What a sight to behold last night!  The moon boomed in the sky like a giant flashlight.  The magnitude of it looked surreal as if on a sound stage in Hollywood.  I found myself pulled into the moon’s glow, transfixed, having to pull off to the side of the road before I wrecked the car.  I smiled in awe like a new-born baby at this luminous orb in the sky. 

Life is such a blessing.  We have these majestic moments everyday in our lives.  Maybe not the MOON in our backyard type events, but real moments that take our breath away.  Moments like a child petting a dog for the first time, or the birds singing in the tree in the excitement of spring.  These moments surround us all the time.

So….why is it we miss these moments?  Why is it we are blind to this truth?  It is as if we are given a portrait from a master painter who has put his heart, his soul into a magnificent piece of art and we see a blur of darkness.  How is it that one individual can see light and another only darkness?  I know of a story where one man stood up and told his story of misery and how terrible his life was and how was he going to make it with only $300 in the bank.  Another man who just made it into the United States through very trying circumstances including deaths in the family and all material items taken away, stood in front of the room with a smile.  He commented how blessed he felt that he had $300 and how he could create anything with this fortune.

Life is context.

In every darkness there is light and in every light there is darkness.  One should just be and accept life as it is.  It is neither bad nor good.  It just is.  In accepting life as it is, then one can find the blessing in every moment, the gratitude for being alive.  The gratitude for experiencing every moment.  In every moment of pain, in this perceived struggle in our minds remember that there is light, there is blessing in this moment.  Put aside your pain and find gratitude in every moment.  Tell the universe THANK YOU for allowing you to experience life in this way. 

Like Dogen tells us in the above quote, ‘the moon and the entire universe is reflected on one dewdrop in the grass.‘  The entire universe speaks to us through everything right in front of us.  Breathe, still your mind and be.  In being, you are allowing yourself acceptance.  In acceptance you will notice gratitude.  In gratitude you will love.  In love you have everything.  

Call to Action:

    •  Be still, accept life as it is, not as it is NOT.  Breathe in life, all of it.  Slow the mind down and be still.  Give gratitude for every moment.  Be Love.
    • Find the universe in every drop of dew in your life.  It is there, you have just been blind to it for your entire life.  Free yourself, let go and find it.  In this you will find LOVE.  In love you have everything.
    • Be LOVE

*Photo credit:  Sparvoga: http://sparvoga.deviantart.com/art/Dew-Drops-on-grass-at-sunrise-206153451

Thomas D. Craig

Author A Cup of Buddha