Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Allowing sand castles

A few people have written me recently who have a spouse or loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease or a similar condition. There are some people in my own family now struggling. My mother suffered a series of strokes before her passing a few years ago which left her increasing confused, until she could not recognize her children some days.

There is no easy way to see a loved one slip away. Yet, can we learn how just to be with someone we love during the time we can, and then be willing to let them go? [Click through for more, and to "sit-a-long" with today's video.]

Can we allow the change? Might we let happy days be happy, sad days be sad… and reject none of it? May we see wholeness in all of life, both in the infancy of youth and the second infancy of growing old? Can we be at peace with it all, even the parts which break our heart?

Buddhist Practice is, at the core, allowing and flowing with change — for all is change. Can we find an abiding peace, equanimity — even joy — dancing all of life’s dance? Can we know peace, equanimity and joy… even as we shed tears?

A sand castle emerges from the sand, which emerges from the sea. It is for a time, then slowly slips back into the sea. There is a beauty throughout, there is the sea throughout.

Today’s Sit-A-Long video follows. Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended.

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5 Comments

  1. Jisen
    Posted September 2, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Jundo,
    Strange enough I was having a rather sad day, which really doesn't happen that often. This really was on target.
    Gassho,
    Jisen

  2. Monkton
    Posted September 3, 2010 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    Thank you for today's message,
    Gassho, Monkton

  3. Jigen
    Posted September 4, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    This hits home. Thank you!

  4. Don
    Posted September 5, 2010 at 3:22 am | Permalink

    Thank you for the teaching, Jundo.
    Gassho,

  5. Shogen
    Posted September 18, 2010 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Thank you for this teaching Jundo. Perhaps, Zen is learning how to "allow." Gassho Z

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